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Celebrating the Class of Spring 2024

UNC prepares to welcome a new class into the rank of alumni

In May, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) will graduate approximately 1,200 students. The 2024 spring graduates come from 46 Colorado counties, 45 states and 21 countries. The graduates range in age, interests and backgrounds and forged different paths and obstacles to reach their goals.

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Take a deeper look at five of the exceptional graduates, one from each UNC college, including an entrepreneur who rose above the rest and will help a start-up company succeed, a musical theatre performer who shines in the spotlight, a future speech pathologist who risked everything for her education, a journalism major ready to break the news in the Denver market and a father who finished what he started and earned his degree under tough circumstances.

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Special Education Graduate Deeply Committed to Helping Those Who Need the Most Help

Studying at the University of Northern Colorado changed Fernando Beltran’s life. And now he is committed to changing the lives of others. También en Español.

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A Novel Take on Education

Communication Sciences and Disorders major Madeline Dannewitz risks it all to become educated building a future all on her own. She left her tight-knit religious community, including her family, to chase after her dream. También en Español.

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And the Show Goes On

Musical Theatre major Andrea Camacho is ready to make the stage their oyster, thanks to many UNC theater production opportunities. She began landing lead roles her very first semester at the university. También en Español.

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Launching a Career at the Start 

Business major Philip Marshall scores a competitive job that will put him in a role at a start-up company helping the business take off. He credits his professor for helping prep him for the gig. También en Español.

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Finding the Scoop

Journalism major Zvi Gutierrez breaks into Denver media market thanks to hands-on experience at UNC.

“I want to stop the spread of misinformation, so giving people the actual accurate sources is something I’m passionate about." También en Español.

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