Published: May 11, 2020

My name is Chad Brokaw, and I am president of the Senior Class Council.Senior Class Council President Chad Brokaw

Senior Class Council is a group of students who represent a wide array of ages, disciplines and interests. We have many responsibilities, but most importantly we work to represent our graduating students. One of the ways we do this is by sitting on the commencement committee and selecting the commencement speaker.

I would first like to thank the entire CU Boulder Commencement Committee. I know that they are as equally saddened as we are that our commencement has been disrupted by this pandemic, but they have been working with us around the clock to make this commencement as amazing as possible. 

As a graduating student myself, I am heartbroken that I will not be able to celebrate commencement with all of you at Folsom Field. It is not fair that this situation has taken away our opportunity for the goodbyes and the closure that we wanted and prepared for, but I know this shared experience will only bring us closer together. It is moments like these that create tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, and ultimately forges a revolutionary generation.

I am inspired every day by this class’s bravery in the face of uncertainty, and I want you all to take a moment to appreciate the huge achievement of graduating from CU Boulder. We did it!

This year there will be a virtual commencement ceremony, and I hope that all of you will tune in to watch it on Saturday! Our commencement speaker, Dan Carlin, will be delivering his speech, and I will be speaking on behalf of the Senior Class Council. We will also be premiering the Senior Class Video, as well as many other digital pieces that the commencement committee and I have been working on. 

Tune in this Saturday, May 16, at noon MDT to watch your 2020 commencement ceremony, and I hope to see you all at the 2021 commencement ceremony when we will walk into Folsom Field together.


Chad Brokaw
President, Senior Class Council