College of Health and Human Sciences Spring 2019 Undergraduate Commencement – May 17

Graduates at Commencement.The Colorado State University College of Health and Human Sciences will confer undergraduate degrees at a commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Moby Arena.

There will be a live webcast of the ceremony available for viewing for those not in attendance. The webcast will also be archived and posted few days after the ceremony on the commencement website.

Student and guest information is available online. Please note that metal detectors will be at all guest and student entrances, both on upper Moby Arena and at the student entrance on the south east side of the Intramural Gym. These will be the only available entrance points to the ceremony.

The Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all ceremonies at Moby Arena. Please read the Clear Bag Policy as purses and bags, along with many other items, will not be allowed at the ceremony.

Please note that tickets are required for all guests at the ceremony. Ticket information is available online. The College of Health and Human Sciences faculty and staff care deeply that families and friends have an opportunity to celebrate their graduates and attend graduation ceremonies. However, as we have experienced too many guests for the available seats in Moby Arena, it became necessary to move to a ticketing system, modeling after what other universities and even secondary schools have done when larger venues are not available. This is essential and crucial for the safety and comfort of all guests.

CHHS graduate students will be recognized in a separate ceremony – more information is on the Graduate School website.

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Congratulations to our Spring 2019 graduates!

Health and Human Sciences Ceremony

President Tony Frank will confer the degrees. Nancy Richardson, (’82)  will give the Charge to the Class. Food Science and Human Nutrition student and Outstanding Senior Kiri Michell will give the student presentation. Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, will welcome guests and present the degree candidates. Don Mykles, director of the University Honors Program, will recognize the Honors Program graduates. Capt Adam Niederhizer, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC, will announce the newly commissioned officers. Allegra Vazquez, (’18) will welcome the new graduates to the Alumni Association. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Audrey Shillington will emcee at the ceremony. Department heads, school directors, and representatives will be on the platform, as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes, and Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

Nancy Richardson, Co-Owner Otterbox Products, LLC

Nancy Richardson is the co-owner of Otter Products LLC, a leading provider of protective cases for hand held devices. She is the brain behind the iconic OtterBox brand name and logo. Richardson also serves as co-founder and board member of Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc. and Blue Ocean Holdings LLC, firms dedicated to strategic investments in new businesses and real estate. Richardson graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Interior Design. She has continued her involvement with the university through the construction of the Nancy Richardson Design Center on campus. The state-of-the-art center serves as a creative space for students and faculty in programs across campus, including interior architecture and design, apparel and merchandising, landscape architecture, art, engineering, product development, entrepreneurship and construction management.

Kiri Michell, ’18

Kiri Michell stands with her Outstanding Senior award

Kiri Michell graduated in fall 2018 with a B.S. in food science and human nutrition and a minor in gerontology. With a keen interest in nutrition, she had the opportunity to shadow a professor and was drawn into the world of nutrition and health.  While at CSU, she was a resident assistant, studied abroad, lead local and national student associations, served on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the College, and was a representative to the University Facility Fee Advisory Board. Currently, Michell is a graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU and a research assistant in the Functional Foods and Human Health Laboratory with faculty member Sarah Johnson. She hopes to raise awareness of the relationship between food science, local food systems, food insecurity, the community, and the environment.

Allegra Vazquez standing in front of greenery.Allegra Vazquez, ’18

Allegra Vazquez, a proud first-generation student, graduated in spring 2018 as a food science and human nutrition major. Now a staff member in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, she is pursuing her passion involving clinical studies and advancing research. As a clinical coordinator and research associate, she runs studies for the Functional Foods Laboratory and the Intestinal Health Laboratory, assessing the role of super foods and the gut microbiome on cardiovascular and metabolic health.