Mines celebrates its newest graduates

2017 Spring Commencement - Undergraduate

Colorado School of Mines celebrated its newest alumni in ceremonies held May 11 and 12 in Lockridge Arena and Marv Kay Stadium, conferring 741 bachelor’s degrees, 163 master’s degrees and 39 doctoral degrees.

Dr. John M. Poate, emeritus senior vice president of research, delivered the keynote address at the Graduate Commencement on Thursday and told students, “You are part of a magnificent tradition … and now have a great responsibility. He noted the accomplishments of previous Mines graduates and expressed high hopes for where the latest class would be a decade from now.

Nathan Switzer, who received a PhD in metallurgical engineering, delivered the student address in humorous verse.

At the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, Dr. John Coors, director and chairman of the board of CoorsTek, shared some of his experiences from earning his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mines. He told the graduates, “Golden has a rich history and a bright future, and now you are part of both.” Coors urged them to become successful in business in order to help others.

Claire Mahoney, who received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, addressed her fellow graduates and told them to embrace what makes them Mines students. “Our nerdiness has taken us pretty far,” she said. “What makes Mines extraordinary is that we have built a community of passionate people. That passion is paramount to our success.”

President Paul C. Johnson referred to that passion as well in thanking alumni and donors. “You are the most passionate group of university supporters I’ve ever met,” he said.

Students recognized at the ceremonies included awardees for best doctoral theses and outstanding seniors, military commissions and student athletes. Rebecca Swanson, teaching professor of applied mathematics and statistics, received the Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award.

For the complete list of graduates and honorees, view the Commencement Program.

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