Dear Campus Community,  

I wanted to thank you for your contributions to last week’s graduation ceremonies. Commencement is a signature campus-wide event where we celebrate our students’ accomplishments, wish them well for the future, invite them to stay connected, and project the uniqueness of Mines to the audience.  It is a special day for graduates and their families, and an opportunity to strengthen the bond between our graduates, their families and Mines.

Having our undergraduate and graduate ceremonies in one day was a new adventure for us, requiring close coordination between many parts of campus.  In addition, we introduced new technology (the card readers) and new components (the pre-ceremony video, gifts for graduates, etc.), all intended to improve the experiences of our graduates and guests.  The feedback suggests that we were successful. I’ve pasted a sample letter below.

“Good Afternoon Dr. Johnson, 

I attended Mines Graduation ceremony December 16, 2016 and wanted to express how much I enjoyed the entire ceremony!!!  In my position, I have attended several college graduations the Mines Graduation will be tops on my list.  I have worked at  X HS for 24 years and several of our students attend and have graduated from Colorado School of Mines.  This is the first year I have been invited and able to attend a Mines Graduation.  You, your staff and program agenda made the Graduation an event to remember, starting with the alumni quotes to the keynote speaker, to the encouraged cheering of the presentation of the class of 2016, to your recognition of senior awards and athlete accomplishment and ending with the Alma Mater and School Fight songs.  Please share my words of congratulations on a “job well done” to all who made the 2016 Undergraduate Midyear Commencement one to remember!!!!”

Many of you played critical roles in the success of these ceremonies, and I wanted to thank you all collectively as well mention a few specific individuals and teams. First I’d like to thank the unsung heroes, those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes – including Jerry Nonko and our grounds team; Scott Aker and our events team; Teresa Hall and our custodial team; Lia Franklin, Anne Rusk, Tabatha Brawand and Student Life; Jahi Simbai, Suzanne Beach, Roxane Aungst and the Graduate School; Lisa Kinzel and our incredible team of volunteer marshals; members of Blue Key and all of the many volunteers throughout the campus. While there are too many names to list here I do want to acknowledge all the volunteers from Academic Affairs, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, our Academic Departments, Legal Services, the Foundation and Alumni Association, as well as the more visible participants and representatives of Mines – the amazing Mines faculty, leadership team, and platform party members. 

I’m sure that I have missed some, so please know that I do appreciate all of your efforts. 

All of you came together as a team and made these two ceremonies a memorable experience for our graduates and their families.  It was a long day, but your tireless dedication made a difference and left a positive lasting impression. 

Thank you for a job very well done and best wishes for a great holiday break with your families!

Go Orediggers!

Paul

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