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A total of 698 students graduated this year, collectively earning an impressive 791 degrees

On December 15, Colorado Mesa University celebrated its newest graduates of CMU and CMU Tech.

The commencement ceremonies began at 8am and 11am, featuring CMU Tech’s Associate Technical Professor of Culinary Arts, Chef Wayne Smith as commencement speaker. Smith, renowned for his expertise and dedication to the culinary arts, shared insights and inspiration with the graduating class as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives.

Also present at the ceremonies was CMU's President John Marshall, Board of Trustees, graduates and their families and friends. 

A total of 698 students graduated this year, collectively earning an impressive 791 degrees. The breakdown of degrees included 252 certificates, 105 associate degrees, 385 baccalaureate degrees, 7 graduate certificates and 42 master's degrees. This diverse range of academic achievements reflected the commitment of CMU to provide a comprehensive education that catered to various fields and interests.

Notably, 44% of the graduating class identified as first-generation students, highlighting CMU's commitment to fostering inclusivity and accessibility in higher education.

The event proved to be a memorable occasion for graduates, their families and the entire CMU community. The ceremonies not only marked the culmination of years of hard work and dedication but also served as a platform to honor the achievements and potential of the class of 2023.

Colorado Mesa University extends its warmest congratulations to the class of 2023. Now, Mavs, go forth and be great!


Written by Madelynn Fellet