Commencement ceremonies to be held May 11 and 12

Colorado School of Mines celebrates its 143rd annual commencement in ceremonies to be held May 11 and 12, conferring 741 bachelor’s degrees, 163 master’s degrees and 39 doctoral degrees.

Graduate Commencement takes place 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in Lockridge Arena, with the keynote address delivered by Dr. John M. Poate, emeritus senior vice president of research at Colorado School of Mines.

Poate, who holds a PhD in nuclear physics from Australian National University, is editor-in-chief of Applied Physics Reviews and has previously served as a Harwell Fellow of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, head of the Silicon Processing and Interface Physics Research Departments at Bell Laboratories, dean of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and chief technology officer of Axcelis Technologies.

In his 50-year career, Poate has published 300 papers and edited four books and seven conference proceedings in several areas of nuclear and solid-state physics, materials science and engineering. He holds 12 patents and is a Fellow of the American Physics Society, the Materials Research Society and the National Academy of Inventors.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held 9 a.m. Friday, May 12, in Marv Kay Stadium. In case of extreme weather, the ceremony will move to Lockridge Arena. Mines alumnus Dr. John Coors, director and chairman of the board of CoorsTek—the world’s largest manufacturer of engineered ceramics—will deliver the keynote address.

Coors began his career with Coors Brewing Company in 1979, holding a variety of roles and ultimately serving as vice president of global brewing operations before leaving the company in 1992. He then ventured into the emerging solar industry, becoming president of Golden Photon, and then CEO of Golden Genesis Company, which he grew from a small start-up to the largest public solar electric integrator in the country before selling it in 1998.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mines, Coors holds a master’s in biochemistry from the University of Texas and a doctorate in engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Coors serves on the board of governors of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation.

Those unable to attend commencement can stream the events online: Undergraduate Ceremony | Graduate Ceremony.

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