1,700 students graduated in three ceremonies May 4 and 5

May 05, 2019

Students walking at the commencement ceremony

Sister Lydia Peña, Ph.D., who has served the Denver Catholic community in many roles over several decades, delivered the commencement address at Regis University’s masters and doctoral ceremonies on May 4. Patrick Byrne, Ph.D., executive director of Denver Urban Scholars, delivered the commencement address at the University’s undergraduate ceremony on May 5.

About 1,700 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students graduated with more than 1,200 students attending one of the three ceremonies at Boettcher Commons on the University’s Northwest Denver Campus.

Sister Lydia has made lasting contributions to the worlds of art, education, philanthropy, disability rights, health care and religious life. For 60 years, the Regis alumna has served the people of Colorado and the Catholic community, including at Regis University, where she served as faculty and helped with fundraising. At the ceremony, Sister Lydia received an honorary doctorate from Regis University, presented by President the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.

The University presented its highest honor, Civis Princeps, or First Citizen, to Byrne in recognition of his commitment to the Jesuit mission of “leadership in service of others.” Byrne, a Regis alumnus, started Denver Urban Scholars 24 years ago to help Denver students obtain college degrees and meaningful careers.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.