Commencement to honor humanitarians, graduates

The CU Board of Regents will present an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to author Greg Mortenson at the Spring 2010 UCCS Commencement, scheduled for 11 a.m. May 21 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

Mortenson, co-author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…  One School at a Time,” will be recognized for his humanitarian efforts. He will be joined by an estimated 850 graduates and supporters including 18 who will receive doctoral degrees and participate in hooding ceremonies.

An estimated 1,157 students will graduate this spring, a record, according to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Faculty members and directors who are participating in Commencement may pick up pre-rented regalia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 in UC 116. Carpooling to the World Arena is encouraged and faculty should arrive by 10:15 a.m. Faculty and directors who arrive early are encouraged to greet students as they line up in the lower corridors of the World Arena. A faculty/directors room is available on the service level of the World Arena for changing into formal regalia.

Katie Kaukinen, associate professor, Public Affairs, will serve as faculty/directors marshal this year.

For more information about Commencement , contact Andrea Cordova, deputy chief of staff, Chancellor’s Office, 255-3436 or [email protected].

Mortenson’s book became a 2007 New York Times bestseller that sold more than 3.6 million copies, published in 41 countries. His latest book, “Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan,debuted as second on the New York Times bestseller list. A limited number of pre-signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at the Bookstore table (near Gate B) before and during the Commencement ceremony.

He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, and its Pennies For Peace program, inspired by a donation of more than $6,000 in pennies collected by elementary school students.

Christiane Leitinger, director, Pennies for Peace, will attend the UCCS Commencement and will receive a Special Chancellor’s Award at a luncheon immediately following the ceremony .

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