Joss Orajel

Class of 2018: Adding diploma to her list of 'firsts'

May 9, 2018

Buffs soccer standout Joss Orejel will be the first in her family to earn a college degree, the latest in a series of firsts for her. The first-born child of immigrants, she grew up doing what people around her suggested couldn't be done, including athletic pursuits.

Toby Bollig

Class of 2018: Car crash helps grad make case for accessibility

May 9, 2018

Toby Bollig, graduating summa cum laude, overcame a traumatic brain injury in a 2016 car accident. He used that experience as a jumping-off point for one of his two honors theses, as well as in his leadership on campus and in his community beyond.

Ross Fischer

Class of 2018: From Grand Valley to globetrotter

May 9, 2018

Accepting a certain piece of local lore as a personal challenge, mechanical engineering student Ross Fischer got outside of his comfort zone during his college career, traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska; Bangkok, Thailand; Kathmandu, Nepal; and soon, to Tanzania with the Peace Corps.

Cori Fagan

Class of 2018: Celebrating graduation, 8 years in the making

May 9, 2018

Cori Fagan has spent the better part of a decade balancing a full-time job, parenthood and school. This month marks a major milestone for her; she is graduating with a bachelor's degree in Classics.

Leo Borasio

Class of 2018: Strategic communications, anthropology graduate marches to his own beat

May 8, 2018

Ask Leo Borasio about his time as a student and he'll tell you it was pretty straightforward. Probe a bit deeper, and he'll mention his internship-turned-job at a startup, his recent trip to LA, or digging up ancient artifacts across the Southwest.

Tyler LeCroy

Class of 2018: A passion for education

May 8, 2018

Known for his thoughtful insights and engaging lessons, Tyler LeCroy found his love for math and science when he started community college and then transferred to CU Boulder, soon driving a passion for education.

Alita Smith

Class of 2018: Showing dedication, strength

May 8, 2018

With steady dedication to her studies and to her 6-year-old son, Alita Smith shows strength in every endeavor of hers. After two decades in the hospitality industry, Smith took the leap to pursue her lifelong dream of being an educator.

Brenda Ortiz

Class of 2018: Discovering the beauty of CU Boulder, staying for an education

May 8, 2018

Like many other college students, Brenda Ortiz faced challenges along the way, but found her community, asked for help when needed, and feels if she could do it, others can too. Her hope? That others are inspired to live their dreams and change the world.

Emily Daub

Class of 2018: Blending dance with technology, arts, media

May 8, 2018

With a passion for science and technology and an interest in design, Emily Daub knew her strengths and was able to pull them all together into one major.

CU Boulder skiers Petter Reistad and Petra Hyncicova

Class of 2018: When athletics help build academic success

May 8, 2018

When it comes to academics and athletics, Colorado skiers Petra Hyncicova and Petter Reistad are firm believers the two go hand-in-hand.