CCD's Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony celebrates the hard work and dedication of our students. It takes place once each year at the end of the spring term.
Commencement this year turned out 465 graduates, the highest to walk in the graduation ceremony in the last five years.
This year's Distinguished Student Award and student speaker, Robert Mastronardi, recently won the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. In his speech, he asked his fellow graduates to dig deeper in pursuit of the question, "what does it mean to 'be', as in, to be human, to be alive?"
"Such questions represent the magnitude I faced in 2007," he said, "while hospitalized for a month after being diagnosed with a critical, potentially life-threatening illness. In fact, those questions continue to taunt me and are the driving force behind my every decision and every action. He offered his insights to these questions and you can read his full commencement address here.
The Keynote Speaker was Russell J. Meyer, Ph.D., a member and former chair of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education with the Colorado Community College System. In his speech, Dr. Meyer stressed to the students that failure in life is oftentimes the best way to succeed.
"Success is a good teacher," he said, "but failure — approached correctly — is that best mentor."
In his speech, he also highlighted several of our graduating students:
"Let me give you a few examples of successful people, drawn from a long list of the thousands of students who have succeeded at Community College of Denver.
To see videos of Commencement, as well as more photos from the event, please visit Facebook CCDedu.