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More than 1,300 degrees were awarded to more than 1,200 students during the Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2016.


Alumna, chief of staff to U.S. senator speaks at May 2016 commencement

The university awarded 1,361 degrees to 1,222 students on Saturday, May 14. A Colorado Mesa University alumna who serves as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was the keynote speaker at the Colorado Mesa University May 2016 Commencement ceremony. Jennifer DeCasper was invited to address the graduating class by the CMU Associated Student Government (ASG).

As chief of staff to Sen. Scott, DeCasper is the senator’s principal advisor on a wide range of policy, legislative and political matters. She also is responsible for the development and implementation of his public policy priorities across five Senate committee assignments, including high profile seats on the Senate Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. She played a significant role in the creation and launch of Senator Scott’s signature legislative package, the Opportunity Agenda.

Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff and was responsible for the 2013 transition from the U.S. House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate for Scott following his appointment. She also had a distinguished legal and public policy career in Colorado, including serving as a supervising Deputy District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

Originally from Colorado Springs, DeCasper earned her law degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She earned her bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa, then Mesa State College. 

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