Among the more than 1,500 graduates who earned degrees during the 2020 spring commencement ceremony, 15 were UCCS and CU staff or family members of faculty and staff.
Most took advantage of the tuition benefit provided to CU employees and qualified dependents. UCCS employees can waive up to nine credits per academic year for undergraduate and graduate courses. For additional information, visit CU Employee Services.
Staff who earned degrees included:
- Heather Allen, executive assistant to the vice chancellor for student success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication.
- Sarah Mensch, unified communications manager for the Office of Information Technology. She earned her Masters of Business Administration.
- Erik Newhouse, customer service specialist in the Office of Residence Life and House. He earned his master’s degree in leadership.
- Richard Pope, assistant registrar for CU-SIS development. He earned his Masters of Business Administration.
- Ian Ratz, assistant director of sport management student success in the College of Business. He earned his Masters of Business Administration.
- Christina Shelton, administrative assistant in the International English Center at CU Boulder. She earned her master’s degree in leadership.
- Alex Snyder, assistant men’s basketball coach. He earned his master’s degree in leadership.
- Stacy Steepe, administrative assistant in academic advising at CU Denver. She earned her master’s degree in leadership.
- Melanie Strescino, business services professional for the UCCS Police Department. She earned her Masters of Public Administration.
- Lauren Taylor, career services specialist for the Career Center. She earned her master’s degree in counseling and human services.
- Terri Wagner, lead budget analyst for the Budget and Planning Office. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
- Christi Walker, accountant I in the Controller’s Office. She earned her master’s degree in accounting.
- Regan Welsh, residence hall manager. She earned a master’s degree in leadership.
Family members of staff and faculty who earned degrees included:
- Noah Krems, son of Greg Krems, business manager for the Office of Information Technology, earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
- Thayer Shepherd, son of Morgan Shepherd, professor of information systems in the College of Business, earned his Bachelors of Innovation degree in computer science and security.
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