Shane Smith in Army ROTC greens

Class of 2019: Shane Smith

May 8, 2019

With a political science degree and experience as the battalion commander of CU Boulder’s Army ROTC unit, Smith will continue training as a logistics officer before joining the 16th Combat Aviation Regiment at Fort Lewis.

Claire Lamman

Class of 2019: Claire Lamman

May 8, 2019

The College of Arts and Sciences outstanding graduate turned out to be much better at science than she’d thought possible. With physics and astronomy degrees in hand, she heads to Harvard this fall.

School of Education building

Class of 2019: Paying it forward in higher ed

May 8, 2019

The first cohort of master’s in higher education students graduate this spring. The School of Education program is a collaboration with departments across campus that combines scholarly work and experiential learning.

Curtis Gile and team in front of water catchment system

Class of 2019: Curtis Gile

May 8, 2019

Engineers Without Borders led Gile to Rwanda, where he developed a system for collecting clean water, and earned him Mechanical Engineering’s outstanding graduate for international engagement award.

ATLAS Center on campus with Flatirons in background

Class of 2019: Opening doors, making learning systems more inclusive

May 7, 2019

The dissertations of the five 2019 graduates—all women—of ATLAS’s technology, media and society doctorate program emphasize empowering groups that tend to be less engaged in engineering fields.

Daniel Senior

Class of 2019: Daniel Senior

May 7, 2019

After serving in the Air Force, college life didn’t challenge Senior the way he’d hoped; so he sought out a job in University Libraries, where his supervisors say he always went above and beyond.

Valeria Praga-Rodríguez

Class of 2019: Valeria Praga-Rodríguez

May 7, 2019

An educator, mother, advocate and learner, Praga-Rodríguez worked to support English learners of all linguistic backgrounds during her time in the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity master’s program.

Esmeralda Castillo-Cobian teaching in classroom

Class of 2019: Esmeralda Castillo-Cobian

May 7, 2019

A passionate advocate and student of students, Castillo-Cobian has brought her experiences as a first-generation college student to her studies at CU Boulder and into her K-12 classrooms.

Marc Thomson in front of Flatirons

Class of 2019: Marc Thomson

May 7, 2019

The College of Engineering and Applied Science’s outstanding graduate thrived in two tough majors, all while participating in research and internships at world-class labs.

Sean Okonsky

Class of 2019: Sean Okonsky

May 7, 2019

Struggling with depression and substance use that had led to academic probation, the chemical engineering student found support and success on campus—now he’s headed to graduate school at Penn State.

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