Secretary Duncan to Speak at CCD Commencement

Community College of Denver (CCD) announced today that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will speak at CCD’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony on May 14th.


Arne Duncan with children
Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan

Secretary Duncan, who has helped to secure congressional support for expanding investment in education, is speaking at CCD’s commencement in support President Obama’s initiative to offer free community college for all.

He has also helped champion other important education initiatives, including securing increases in the Pell grant program as well as income-based repayment programs and loan forgiveness to help reduce student loan default rates and student debt.

“We believe CCD epitomizes the value proposition of the community college experience,” said Dr. Everette J. Freeman, CCD's president. “We are honored that Secretary Duncan has selected CCD and will participate in our 45th commencement.”

This year, CCD will award over 1,000 degrees and certificates and expects 250 students to walk in the commencement ceremony on May 14th.

CCD paralegal student and graduating senior Stacie Amaya, who will receive the Distinguished Student Award and the President’s service award, will also speak at commencement. Amaya is a member of the student government and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society.

“CCD has meant a lot to me. I came here at such a dark time in my life and CCD was the exact thing I needed at the right time. It gave me a positive outlook on my future and turned the hope switch back on," said Amaya.

CCD’s Commencement will take place at 7:00 p.m. at University of Denver’s Magness Arena. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


With over 8,000 students, Community College of Denver (CCD) is the third largest community college in the state and a leading point of entry to higher education for the city and county of Denver. CCD provides a cost-effective, high-quality college education, along with access and opportunity for non-traditional students, workforce development, training resources for local organizations, and community partnerships. CCD is a federally funded Hispanic Serving Institution and is one of 13 community colleges within the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Learn more at CCD.edu.