Published: May 11, 2023

On May 11, 2023, the CU Linguistics community gathered in CASE Auditorium to celebrate its graduating class of 2023. Hosted by department chair Laura A. Michaelis, the ceremony recognized the achievements of 49 graduaing students (28 BA, 11 MA, 9 MS and 1 PhD). At right, Prof. Ambrocio Guitiérrez Lorenzo describes the Honors thesis of BA graduate Yizhe (Gemini) Zhang, "Production of English Liquid Consonants by Native Mandarin Chinese Speakers". Reflecting the interdisciplinary focus of linguistic study at CU, 75 percent of Linguistics BA graduates combined the Linguistics degree with a double or triple major, a second degree or a minor in another discipline. Their other major/minor departments included: Anthropology, Applied Math, Asian Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Business, Cinema Studies, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, French, Geography, German, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Korean Language and Culture, Political Science, Spanish and Speech, Language & Hearing Science. Three Linguistics BA graduates earned multiple degrees. Tessa Rankin and Madalyn Weber graduated with a BA in Linguistics and a BS in Computer Science while Olivia Walt graduated with a BA in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Music degree with French Horn emphasis. Four of our BA graduates wrote Honors theses and all four graduate with a Latin designation of either magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Three Linguistics MA graduates wrote MA theses and nine graduated with an interdisciplinary certificate—in Cognitive Science, Culture, Language and Social Practice or Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. This year marked the first in which student speakers were invited to address the graduates. Emily Reynolds, a Linguistics and Anthropology major, spoke about the linguistic lessons of the film "Arrival", while Linguistics MA Roman Khamov addressed the themes of gratitude, coping with adversity and retaining optimism. The ceremony also recognized David S. Rood Scholarship winners VIncent Burnett, a Japanese and Linguistics double major, and Chloe Circensis, pursuing a major in Linguistics with a certificate in Cognitive Science and double minors in Arabic and Hindi/Urdu.In closing the ceremony, Prof. Michaelis suggested that linguists might have a role to play in addressing the twin crises of climate change and climate disinformation, saying "The world is an even more troubled place now than it was when you started your degree, but I believe the world needs your contributions now more than ever".