Category: Graduation

Graduation Story: Johnathan McKinney

University College Graduation Story

We asked graduates to describe their journey to graduation. Here is what Johnathan McKinney (Information and Communications Technology) had to say in his own words… From 2006 to 2014 I served in the United States Army as a firefighter and IT & communications officer. I didn’t think I would ever go to graduate school, but [...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Your Alumni Benefits

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Whether you are graduating this spring or graduated years ago, there are many benefits of being active in the DU community post-graduation. As an alumnus/a of University College, you are automatically part of an active alumni group called the University College Alumni Network (UCAN). UCAN provides a more intimate networking opportunity for our University College [...]

Graduation Tradition


As graduation draws near, let’s take a moment to reflect on the tradition of graduation and its regalia. Academic regalia refers to the hat and robe worn by graduates at commencement ceremonies. They date to medieval times and the mortar board most resembles the “biretta” worn by Roman Catholic clergy. Depending on the level of matriculation, [...]

Graduation Story: Wendy


Well, the time is nearing and my journey to receive my master’s degree with a concentration in ADR has finally come. It was a rough go starting out as a distance learner, but thanks so much to the amazing staff and faculty for getting me through to this point. I began my ADR degree at [...]

Graduation Story: Lindsay


Completing my master’s degree online with University College has been a wonderful – and surprisingly global! – experience. Throughout the 2.5 years I spent working toward my degree, I have also been working as a media and communications contact for USA Triathlon. Because it’s part of the Olympic Movement and we support Olympians and World [...]

Graduation Story: David


My experience at DU has been one of the best of my life. The work was hard and the hours long, but in the end I got so much more out of my studies than I had ever imagined. The Healthcare Leadership program is outstanding! David Loggins graduated from the Healthcare Leadership program in 2015.

Graduation Story: Matthew


I started the Global Affairs program in January of 2013 and my educational journey has been both exciting and challenging.  In the last two years, my wife and I have changed jobs, moved from Colorado to California, and welcomed our beautiful daughter Elin into the world in September 2014. These were significant life events which [...]

Graduation Story: Rupali


It is with great pride that I achieve a master’s degree from such a prestigious university. Indeed, it was a challenge—I’m a full-time mother of two daughters and I challenged myself to earn an A or A+ in every subject. Before coming to the University of Denver from India, I had never walked alone or [...]

Graduation Story: Brent


My motive for enrolling in a graduate program at DU was to switch professional industries. Due to the uncertainty and inconsistency of broadcast journalism, I decided it was time to switch careers. I wanted to work in technology and wanted to find a full-time, 9 to 5 type of job. As I am about to [...]

Graduation Story: Kathleen


The reason behind me striving for a master’s degree is simple: cancer. I am a cancer survivor and have long-term side effects of chemotherapy, including short-term memory loss. I wanted to prove to my doctors, my family, and other survivors that anything is possible. I wanted to be a positive light in the darkness. However, [...]