Ryan Jay

    President Arthur talks past, present and future at Convocation

    by , September, 2017

    Pres­i­dent Vir­ginia “Ginny” Arthur kicked off the 20172018 school year with her live-​streamed speech at Con­vo­ca­tion on August 16

    Con­vo­ca­tion is a gath­er­ing of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity at the start of the aca­d­e­mic year. It is an oppor­tu­nity to “mark our stu­dents’ pas­sage into higher edu­ca­tion, or their progress toward another aca­d­e­mic year,” Arthur said. She wel­comed new stu­dents and col­leagues to Metro State.

    Arthur lauded the con­fer­ral of nearly 2,200 bachelor’s, master’s, and doc­toral degrees dur­ing the 2017 aca­d­e­mic year, the university’s largest num­ber of grad­u­ates ever.

    She announced the reaf­fir­ma­tion of accred­i­ta­tion by the Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion this past spring. The next accred­i­ta­tion check comes in 10 years.

    Arthur expressed her grat­i­tude to every­one who assisted in the process.“Responding to the feed­back from our sys­tems port­fo­lio report, mak­ing improve­ments to our processes, and doc­u­ment­ing all that good work, really was a Her­culean task,” she said

    Sev­eral new grants were announced dur­ing Arthur’s speech. These grants will help pay for stu­dent intern­ship stipends, sup­port teacher can­di­dates of color, pro­vide sui­cide pre­ven­tion resources, and sus­tain a stu­dent emer­gency fund. She also announced a “post-​grant sup­port” posi­tion, an idea greeted with applause.

    Amidst cel­e­bra­tory announce­ments, Arthur also noted the sud­den loss of Asso­ciate Provost Doug Knowl­ton, who died July 5. Arthur remem­bered him as “a kind and help­ful per­son who was extra­or­di­nar­ily sup­port­ive of our stu­dents.” She com­mended Knowl­ton for his “care and tact,” while deal­ing with the most dif­fi­cult of stu­dent cases.

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