2014 Spring Commencement: 'Bring your diploma to life'

On Friday, May 9, the University of Colorado Boulder honored candidates for 5,891 degrees at the annual campus spring commencement ceremony at Folsom Field.

Cool weather didn’t dampen graduate’s spirits as they celebrated this milestone in their academic careers.

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano called upon the graduates to recognize their education as a powerful way to bring change in their lives.

“With your education you have given yourself the power to transform yourself and the world,” he said. He later continued, “For each of you, your growth has been personal – unique to you. But for all of you, it has prepared you for a life of career and contribution in a global society.”

Also honored by the University of Colorado Board of Regents during the ceremony were Lanis Pinchuk and Michael Wirth.

Pinchuk received an honorary Doctor of Science degree in recognition of his decades of service to CU-Boulder. Wirth received the University Medal recognizing his advocacy of CU-Boulder and his personal dedication to furthering the goals of the university’s students and programs.

Eric Stough, the producer/animation director of the popular animated television series “South Park,” was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Stough graduated from CU-Boulder with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film studies in 1995.

He called upon the graduates to celebrate the full range of human emotion, and find balance in their lives.

"Stay in balance and keep your foundation strong," he said. "We need you. Your diploma is an inanimate object, so be the animator and bring it to life.”

Check out the highlights of commencement in social media at http://www.colorado.edu/social/2014-spring-commencement.