Emilie Rusch

Raise your voices engineers: Spring 2020 Commencement is May 8

President Paul C. Johnson at Fall 2019 Commencement

Colorado School of Mines will celebrate its Spring 2020 Commencement with a pair of virtual ceremonies Friday, May 8.

Undergraduate Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. MT, with a live broadcast featuring many of Mines’ cherished traditions as well as new features aimed at helping the community feel connected during this challenging time. Graduate Commencement will follow with a live ceremony broadcast at 12 p.m. MT.

Student speakers during the undergraduate ceremony will be:

  • Lauren Miller, B.S. in Geological Engineering
  • Molly Wallace, B.S. in Chemical Engineering
  • Evan Lim, B.S. in Computer Science
  • Aspen Richards, B.S. in Engineering Physics

Rania Pommer, PhD in geology, will give the student address at the graduate ceremony.

Graduating Orediggers are encouraged to share their clever mortarboard designs and creative ways to cross a graduation stage on social media.

  • Mortarboard Decoration: Show us your creative mortarboard designs! Engineer something crazy! Don't have a mortarboard? Build one! The more creative the better.
  • Senior Walk: Demonstrate your most creative walk, dance, hop, skip, across the graduation "stage.”  You are making your own stage wherever you are, so get creative! Maybe your feet don't even touch the ground? The possibilities are endless

Post using #MinesGrad and tag Colorado School of Mines on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win Mines swag. Deadline is 1 p.m. May 8. Don’t have social media? E-mail

Mines will also be collecting well-wishes and positive thoughts via a social media board – anyone using #HelluvaEngineer on Twitter or Instagram can participate in the online ceremony.

For more information about Friday’s ceremonies, including the link to join in, go to

Emilie Rusch

Emilie Rusch

News Director
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Colorado School of Mines is a public research university focused on science and engineering, where students and faculty together address the great challenges society faces today - particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment.