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Colorado College honoring class of 2020 Sunday


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado College is celebrating the Class of 2020 at Commencement this weekend. The ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 30, at the Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs. Additionally, the ceremony will be streamed live on the Commencement webpage and on CC’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

The Class of 2020 was not able to receive their diplomas in person last year because of the pandemic. However, CC sent members of the graduating class celebratory gift boxes and a series of web, email, and video communications, including individualized congratulatory messages from then-President Jill Tiefenthaler.

Richard Lariviere, the former president and CEO of the Field Museum in Chicago, will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary degree. Before joining the Field Museum, Lariviere was the president of the University of Oregon from July 2009 to November 2011. During his tenure, he cultivated the university’s growing reputation for innovation in the classroom and in research, sharpening the focus on sustainability and international partnerships.

Honorary degrees also have been awarded to:

  • Fania E. Davis, a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer, restorative justice practitioner, and educator with a Ph. D. in Indigenous knowledge. Among her publications is “The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Justice, and U.S. Social Transformation.”
  • Eiko Otake, a movement-based interdisciplinary artist, who has worked for more than 40 years as Eiko & Koma. Since 2014, she has been performing her own solo project, “A Body in Places,” and is a recipient of numerous dance awards and prestigious fellowships.
  • Denise S. Young recently closed a brilliant two-decade career with Apple, and currently serves as executive-in-residence at Cornell University’s new Cornell Tech graduate school campus. She served in numerous executive-level roles at Apple, including the company’s first-ever vice president of inclusion and diversity.
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