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Based on preliminary numbers, this will be the most graduates at a December ceremony since CMU began hosting December commencements in 2011.


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600 to graduate at CMU 2017 December Commencement

About 600 Colorado Mesa University students will graduate this month, having earned more than 630 degrees and/or certificates. Based on preliminary numbers, this will be the most graduates at a December ceremony since CMU began hosting December commencements in 2011.

The 2017 December Commencement is on Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:30am in Brownson Arena in the Maverick Center.

The commencement speaker, selected by CMU’s Associated Student Government, will be CMU Geology Professor Gigi Richard, PhD. Richard is also CMU’s 2017 Distinguished Faculty.

Richard received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in water resources and environmental engineering. She went on to earn her Master of Science and PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University in the Hydraulic Engineering Program.

She was instrumental in forming the partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder establishing the mechanical and civil engineering programs delivered at CMU. She is the faculty director of the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center at CMU and created the school’s Watershed Science Program. She teaches water science, environmental geology and GIS courses.

Richard’s research on human impacts on rivers systems includes the study of downstream impacts of dams, levees and other human activities on rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and New Zealand. A Colorado resident 25 years, Richard has experience in private engineering consulting and served on water quality and land use planning commissions in Summit County in the early 1990s. Richard's passions include growing, cooking and eating delicious locally grown produce as well as hiking, biking and exploring the world.

Those who plan to attend commencement are encouraged to arrive early as the event is expected to be standing-room-only and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow rooms will be available in the Maverick Center in designated classrooms, where the audience will be able to view the ceremonies via live stream

For those who are unable to attend the ceremony but want to share the moment, the ceremony will be broadcast live online beginning at 9:20 am MST on Friday, Dec, 15, at  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cmumavericks/.

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

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