Derek McCartney

Class of 2016: Playing football, becoming a doctor

May 6, 2016

There’s something to be said for mapping out your future, particularly if you are about to become a college graduate. Colorado football player Derek McCartney has quite obviously done his homework in that regard — but depending upon the circumstances, his path will take one of two wildly divergent roads two years from now.

Pati Hernandez

Class of 2016: Inspiring the next generation through teaching

May 6, 2016

Pati Hernandez’s Facebook page recently sent her a reminder about where she was two years ago — in a practicum classroom as an education student. The reminder was fitting as graduation looms and considering that classroom experience solidified her aspirations of becoming a teacher.

Justice Burnaugh

Class of 2016: Allowing for imagination

May 5, 2016

Finishing his college experience on one of the highest possible notes — as the outstanding graduate from CU-Boulder's College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) — Justice Burnaugh is ready for some time to catch his breath. Burnaugh says CMCI, where he majored in "news-editorial" journalism, then helped him find and hone his passion for digital journalism, especially audio production.

Sayoni Nyakoon

Class of 2016: Rounding out her major with a minor in education

May 5, 2016

From the perspective of her father, who immigrated to the United States from Liberia, West Africa, education isn't a guarantee, it’s a privilege.

Clare Wise

Class of 2016: Striving for speed and good grades

May 5, 2016

When Clare Wise joined the Colorado ski team as a freshman in 2012, the message from team leaders was simple and to the point: “It is made clear that when you join the CU ski team the expectation is that we have the highest team GPA and we win national championships,” Wise says with a grin. “That’s just how it is. That’s our legacy and that’s what we strive to do.”

Bridgette Zuckerman

Class of 2016: Growing strong physically and mentally through ROTC

May 4, 2016

Bridgette Zuckerman never planned to join the Army. She grew up in an Army family and graduated from high school in Colorado Springs. Her mom and dad both enlisted and, by the time Zuckerman was starting college, her sister Briana (15’IntPhys) was already a cadet in the ROTC program at CU-Boulder. But family tradition won out. Briana convinced Bridgette to give it a shot.

Matthias Malojer

Class of 2016: Taking a risk and finding success

May 4, 2016

Like in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, CU-Boulder ended up being just right for Matthias Malojer, 2016 outstanding graduate from the Leeds School of Business.

Connor Winter

Class of 2016: Combining athletics, academics to forge career

May 4, 2016

Connor Winter's path at the University of Colorado is nearly at an end — but he has used that path to map out a road for the future that has stirred his competitive fire and passion to new heights. Saturday, the Buffs cross country and track standout (two-time first team All-American, a Pac-12 individual champion and member of two national championship teams) will graduate with his degree in mechanical engineering.

John Logan Brock

Class of 2016: Heading to medical school, with no doubt

May 4, 2016

John Logan Brock doesn’t remember when he first wanted to be a medical doctor, but in kindergarten, he didn’t nap with his classmates. He used nap time to peruse human anatomy books, and to ask his teacher how old she was so he could calculate her number of red blood cells. Brock, 21, is graduating from CU-Boulder with a bachelor's in neuroscience and a minor in economics.

Bridgette Zuckerman

Class of 2016: Growing strong physically and mentally through ROTC

May 4, 2016

Bridgette Zuckerman never planned to join the Army. She grew up in an Army family and graduated from high school in Colorado Springs. Her mom and dad both enlisted and, by the time Zuckerman was starting college, her sister Briana (15’IntPhys) was already a cadet in the ROTC program at CU-Boulder. But family tradition won out. Briana convinced Bridgette to give it a shot.

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