Emilie Rusch

Colorado School of Mines to hold Spring 2022 Commencement on May 12-13

Jesus Salazar, chairman of Mines Board of Trustees and CEO of Prosono, to give undergraduate keynote address
Male graduate shakes hand of Mines President Paul C Johnson

Colorado School of Mines will celebrate its Spring 2022 Commencement on May 12-13, with in-person ceremonies for undergraduates and graduates.

Graduate Commencement will kick off the two days of festivities at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in Lockridge Arena. Three undergraduate ceremonies will follow on Friday, May 13, at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., in the same location. 

Jesus Salazar headshot

The keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremonies will be Jesus Salazar ‘01 MS ‘02, chairman of the Mines Board of Trustees and co-founder and CEO of Prosono, a company whose mission is to accelerate the achievement of the World 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. 

A Colorado native and entrepreneur who loves bringing exceptional people together to do exceptional things, Salazar received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Mines in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in engineering and technology management in 2002. After spending 16 years leading and developing software for some of the largest companies in North America, including Microsoft, Amgen, Yamaha and others, Salazar shifted his career toward entrepreneurship. Prosono was awarded 2019 Startup of the Year through the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and was recently named one of the top 50 most civic-minded companies of Colorado.  

Tickets are required for the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies. The departments graduating students at each of the three undergraduate ceremonies are as follows:

9 a.m. Ceremony

  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Economics & Business
  • Engineering, Design & Society
  • Geology & Geological Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

1 p.m. Ceremony

  • Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • Physics

5 p.m. Ceremony

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

A live webcast of all of the ceremonies will be available on the Mines YouTube channel at

For more details about Spring 2022 Commencement, visit

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

Director of Communications
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Colorado School of Mines is a public R1 research university focused on applied science and engineering, producing the talent, knowledge and innovations to serve industry and benefit society – all to create a more prosperous future.