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2016 Summer Commencement Welcomes New Beginnings

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Ritchie School Communications Team

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Summer Commencement

And they’re off! On the morning of August 12, 2016, under clear blue skies, family members and friends shuffled into their seats on Carnegie Green to witness the graduation of their loved ones. The University of Denver awarded approximately 65 doctoral degrees, 400 masters degrees, and 200 bachelors degrees during the summer commencement ceremony.

Frank Tuitt, senior advisor to the chancellor and provost of diversity and inclusion, provided the commencement address. Dr. Frank Tuitt is also a professor of higher education at the Morgridge College of Education. His research focuses on equity and diversity in higher education. In his address to the Class of 2016, Dr. Tuitt shared that with the educated graduates before him pursuing careers in their respective fields, he has a positive outlook for the future. He reminded each individual that commencement day marks a large step toward the realization of their dreams and aspirations.

Among the graduates was Ritchie School student Oscar Reyes III, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Reyes felt a multitude of emotions in graduating from the University of Denver. “It feels exciting and scary at the same time. Although I don’t have a job lined up right away, I feel as though I will never have a time like this again in my life. I have a lot of freedom to pursue any of my dreams which is incredibly exciting,” said Reyes.

He also credits the University of Denver Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science with preparing him for the future. Reyes added, “Attending DU helped me with creating close social connections with professionals in my field of study and also helped me with time management. Besides all the technical skills I gained, I learned how to manage time and how to never stop working for my goals.”

During his time at the University of Denver, Reyes identified his goals for the future. “A passion I found during my senior year was machining and turning. I hope to get a job in a production facility where I can become a master machinist and potentially run my own shop,” Reyes shared.

We look forward to seeing the success of our 2016 graduates! Click here for more information about commencement at the University of Denver.