Group shot with Milo on Lawrence during the Block Party.

Happy Birthday CU Denver!

January 9, 2023

1973 was a memorable year. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album was at the top of the charts, the first cell phone call was made, the Denver Broncos had their first winning season—and on Jan. 11, CU Denver became an independent university!  

As CU Denver celebrates its golden anniversary, we asked our community—which includes more than 110,000 alums—to join the conversation by sharing their stories.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the City and County of Denver will officially proclaim Jan. 11 as CU Denver Anniversary Day. Be a part of the celebration:  

  • Learn about our history by visiting the CU Denver History Exhibit in the Lawrence Street Center.  

CU Denver’s mission to educate students continues to inspire us today, both locally and globally. With the support of the entire Lynx community, that mission will endure as CU Denver continues to grow. 

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