Graduates sit in field

At Spring 2018 Commencement, 1,989 students receive the honor and valuable asset of a CU Denver degree.

This year’s graduating class includes 1,276 undergraduates and 713 graduate-level students from 13 different countries. They join the ranks of over 90,000 CU Denver alumni living in 102 countries.

When it comes to grit, these students have it in spades. Poverty, homelessness, discrimination, disabilities – nothing stops their determination to learn, grow and achieve.

Read on to see how CU Denver empowers students to overcome all obstacles and why graduating means so much to them.

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Iraqi refugee plans to help others with disabilities

Reem Hamodi has a sight impairment and grew up in Iraq, where girls were often barred from education. She’s graduating with a degree in psychology and a near-4.0 grade point average.

Meet Reem.

Geoffrey King, 2018 CU Denver graduate

Formerly homeless student begins his career

Geoffrey King lived in a car for the first 10 years of his life. Now, he’s got a bachelor’s degree in finance and multiple job offers.

Meet Geoffrey.

CU Denver graduate Tatiana Gomes

Angolan immigrant makes college dreams come true

Tatiana Gomes came to the U.S. from a war-torn country determined to get an education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and has plans for more.

Meet Tatiana.

Grecia Portillo, CU Denver graduate

SGA president takes over graduation day social media

Grecia Portillo served as president of the Student Government Association. With a degree in international business, she’s interviewing for jobs and looking at opportunities worldwide.

Meet Grecia.

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