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Celebrating the Class of 2021

Colorado College's biggest annual celebration is here! We are thrilled to honor our graduates in-person as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas.



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Honorary Degree Recipients

Jill Tiefenthaler P '21, P '24
Commencement Speaker

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Jill Tiefenthaler was president of Colorado College for nine years; she oversaw significant campus improvements, executed the college’s ambitious fundraising campaign, orchestrated an alliance to make the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center part of the college, led efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, and guided the campus in creating an Antiracism Implementation Plan. She is now CEO of the National Geographic Society, overseeing the development and implementation of the society’s mission-driven work and programmatic agenda.

Gloria Ladson-Billings

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Gloria Ladson Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Chair of Urban Education and professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Educational Research Association, and the Hagler Institute of Texas A&M University.

Katherine Haughey Loo

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Katherine Haughey Loo has been an active member of the Colorado Springs community for more than 50 years, beginning her career as a volunteer for many social service organizations. She served as president of the Headstart Advisory Board and of the Junior League and as a director of the International Association of Junior Leagues. Her career in politics includes six years as city councilwoman and serving on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. She also co-chaired a capital campaign to renovate and expand the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Loo has received numerous awards, the most recent being the outstanding community citizen from El Pomar Foundation.

Margaret Elise Myers ’72

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Margaret Elise Myers ’72 is the director of the Information Technology and Systems Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1992 and served on active duty in the U. S. Army, retiring from the Army Reserve in 2005 at the rank of colonel. She received the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award and three Presidential Rank Awards. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College and an M.S. in operations research from American University, and was the first female Ph. D. recipient from the George Mason University engineering school.

Tink Tinker, Ph.D. (wazhazhe / Osage Nation)

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Tink Tinker, Ph. D. (wazhazhe / Osage Nation) is the Clifford Baldridge Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology. During his 33 years at Iliff, Tinker brought a distinctly American Indian perspective to a predominantly white, Euro-Christian school, as he continues to do in lectures across the continent. His publications include: “American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty” (Orbis, 2008); “Spirit and Resistance: American Indian Liberation and Political Theology” (Fortress, 2004); and nearly 100 journal articles and chapters for edited volumes.

Scott Yoo

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Scott Yoo is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Mexico City Philharmonic and the music director of Festival Mozaic. He is also the host and executive producer of the PBS series “Now Hear This” on “Great Performances.” He has been the conductor of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival since 2002, and the founder of the Medellín Festicámara, a chamber music program that brings together world-class artists with underprivileged young musicians.


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Commencement Weekend Lodging

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Maps & Parking

Parking is permitted in any of the lots around the stadium for a fee. There is on-street parking available within walking distance to the stadium. Accessible-only parking is available and will be indicated via signs on the north side of the stadium. 

Weather

Colorado Springs is located at 6,000 feet above sea level in an area with low humidity. Sunscreen, hats, lip balm, and plenty of water are all advisable. May in Colorado could bring sunshine, rain, or snow.

Visiting Colorado Springs

We encourage everyone to celebrate their graduates safely in small, family gatherings, socially distanced, and outdoors when possible. To assist you in planning ahead, CC is happy to offer the Discover Downtown Pass in partnership with Downtown Colorado Springs. This mobile exclusive passport is a collection of curated retail stores, galleries, attractions, and restaurants offering deals and discounts to help you plan and enjoy a safe Commencement celebration. 

Coronavirus Updates

The college is monitoring national and international updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19). If necessary, we will adjust plans for Commencement if directed to do so by El Paso County Health Department. 

For updates and resources: www.coloradocollege.edu/coronavirus
Commencement website: www.coloradocollege.edu/commencement 

Questions?

Contact Brenda Soto at (719) 389-6265.