Governor Hickenlooper speaks at 2014 Commencement

Western State Colorado University is proud to welcome Gov. John Hickenlooper as commencement speaker at Western’s graduation ceremony on May 10.

Western Graduation
The governor will deliver the event’s keynote address before nearly 400 graduate and undergraduate students walk across the stage at the outdoor ceremony in Western’s Mountaineer Bowl.

“We are thrilled to host Governor Hickenlooper as he helps the next generation of Mountaineers begin their lives after college,” says Western President Dr. Gregory Salsbury. “This will also be an outstanding opportunity to show the governor Western’s new state-of-the-art facilities and share our cutting-edge academic programs with him. We are, of course, aware that demands for the Governor’s time are intense, so we are honored and thrilled he has accepted our invitation.”

Western’s Class of 2014 includes students from 40 states and eight foreign countries. Some 360 undergraduates will participate, along with 35 students receiving graduate degrees.

Commencement weekend events begin at 5pm on Friday, May 9, with a senior reception at the University Center. The commencement ceremony is at 10am, Saturday, May 10. Following commencement, graduates and their families are invited to a presidential reception in the University Center.

The commencement ceremony will stream live on YouTube for families and friends who can’t make the event. You can find the live stream at

The Class of 2014 is larger than last year’s graduating class. In May 2013, Western conferred degrees on 340 graduates from 40 states and one foreign country.

About Western State Colorado University

Western offers a private university experience at a public university value, deep in the heart of the Rockies. We deliver a full, four-year liberal arts curriculum with graduate programs. But we're much more than that. With an average class size of just 17 students and highly-trained professors focused on teaching, students collaborate with faculty, handcrafting their education to fit their interests and prepare for a career. Learn more at

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