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A Full-Circle Journey: Scenes from Denver Commencement

‘Life is what you bake it’ sums up the JWU spirit at 2018 Denver Commencement

5/29/18 | Graduation season at JWU’s Denver Campus is a time of celebration and anticipation for what the future holds. This year’s festivities began with seniors walking through the Robert E. Taylor Gates — a ceremony that brings students full-circle on their journey. (Convocation begins with that same procession through the gates.)

A decorated mortarboard spotted at the Commencement ceremony perfectly summed up the atmosphere: “Sometimes the finish line is the start of something new.”

Keynote speaker Marco Antonio Abarca, president of Ready Foods, Inc., emphasized that the JWU experience will stay with students for the rest of their lives: “You will treasure both what you have learned and the people who have gone through this experience with you.”

Yes, we are smart enough and yes, we can do this!”

Student speaker Charlotte Simmons, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, delivered a powerful speech: “Yes, we are smart enough and yes, we can do this regardless of obstacles. Let’s work together to be professionals and people who support and encourage the generations after us to follow their dreams, however insurmountable they may seem. Let us use our voices even when the world wants to silence them.”

Simmons plans to attend graduate school at Columbia University in New York City, where she will study Clinical Psychology.

Logan Taylor '10 inducted graduates into the JWU Alumni network by reading excerpts from a comically lengthy scroll of life lessons, beginning with life lesson 522: “Cherish the little moments and the big moments. Take pictures. Laugh. Enjoy the company of those around you. And try to enjoy every day — yes, EVERY day.” He concluded his speech by taking a selfie on stage.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018.

The grads come full circle by processing through the Robert E. Taylor Gates.

Diploma covers

JWU Denver Commencement

Group shot of Denver Deans and keynote speakers

Keynote speaker Marco Antonio Abarca '18 Hon.

New grads pose after the ceremony.

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