2017 Spring Commencement set for May 12-14

Colorado State University will confer degrees on more than 4,000 graduates at Spring 2017 commencement ceremonies May 12-14.

College ceremonies and ROTC commissionings will recognize 3,337 undergraduate and 1,088 graduate students, including 65 doctoral students and 85 earning graduate certificates, and 26 Army and Air Force ROTC commissionees. Fifty-four undergraduates are candidates for distinction as summa cum laude, 109 as magna cum laude and 193 as cum laude.

Those expected to earn degrees in Summer 2017 will also be honored at the May Commencement, including 745 undergraduates – six summa cum laude, eight magna cum laude, and 13 cum laude – and 361 graduate students, including 83 doctoral students.

The ceremonies will be held in Moby Arena and the Lory Student Center. An interactive map for locations and parking is available at maps.colostate.edu. Commencement ceremonies, with the exception of the ROTC commissionings, will be webcast live.

Speakers share insights with graduates

Stephen T. Sauter in camouflage in front of US flag
Stephen T. Sauter

Brigadier General Stephen T. Sauter, M.D., Deputy Commanding General of the 3D Medical Command (Deployment Support), U.S. Army, will speak at the Army ROTC Commissioning at 10 a.m., May 12, in the Lory Student Center Ballroom AB.

Sauter was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps at Colorado State University in 1987, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and is board certified in diagnostic radiology.  His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, the Army Medical Department Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course, and the U.S. Army War College.

Sauter has served in leadership positions from platoon level through brigade level over the course of his 30-year career.  He commanded Charlie Company 169th Support Battalion (Forward) as a captain 1993-1994; served as the 405th Combat Support Hospital Commander 2012-2013, and as the 338th Medical Brigade Commander 2013-2015. Sauter has also served in multiple staff positions including Hospital Executive Officer, Chief of Operations, Battalion Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon for the 35th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Artillery, and 3D Corps Support Command Surgeon.  He also served in the Regular Army as the Chief of Radiology at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 2007 – 2009 and was dual-hatted as the European Regional Medical Command Radiology Consultant.

Sauter’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. He is also a proud member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara from his association with the field artillery community.

Portrait of William Mosher
William Mosher

William E. Mosher, Chair, Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, will speak at the College of Agricultural Sciences commencement ceremony at 11:30 a.m. May 13, at Moby Arena.

William E. Mosher is the Senior Managing Director of Trammell Crow Company, a nationally recognized leader in real estate development and investment activities. He also serves as the CEO of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, the nonprofit corporation that financed and constructed and the current owner of the Hyatt Convention Center Hotel.

Mosher formed the Mosher Sullivan Development Partners in 2003 and previously served as the President of the Downtown Denver Partnership.  He holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Arizona.

Among his numerous professional affiliations/community involvement activities, Mosher served as a Board Member and Past Chair for the Board of the Denver Housing Authority; the Chairman of the 2006 Bond Committee and Oversight Committee for the Denver Public Schools; and the Colorado District Council Chair for the Urban Land Institute.

David Everitt

David Everitt, President and CEO, Everitt Enterprises and Everitt Investments Inc., will speak at the College of Business commencement ceremony at 3 p.m., May 13, at Moby Arena.

David Everitt grew up in Fort Collins, graduating from Fort Collins High School in 1968. He has been involved in the 64-year-old family-owned Everitt Companies since 1981.

Everitt is currently President and CEO of Everitt Enterprises, Inc. and Everitt Investments, Inc., which have developed, owned and managed more than 100 commercial and residential real estate developments; operated a commercial property management firm, two real estate brokerage companies and multiple homebuilding companies.

Everitt is a member of the Colorado Board of Realtors and possesses the CCIM designation as a specialist in commercial investment real estate. His professional affiliations also include membership in NAIOP, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and IREM, The Institute of Real Estate Management.

His extensive community involvement includes having served on the Board of Directors for the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation, the Board of Trustees for the Longs Peak Council/Boy Scouts of America, the Fort Collins Area United Way Board, the Board of Directors of Guaranty Bank, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Governors for Opportunity International and the Board of Trustees for Colorado Outward Bound.

Everitt obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado and a master’s of theology from Denver Seminary, as well as completing a post-graduate program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Black and white portrait of Andrew Crouch
M. Andrew Crouch

M. Andrew Crouch, Vice President, Technology, Ball Corporation, will speak at the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering commencement ceremony at 11:30 a.m., May 12, at Moby Arena.

As Vice President, Technology, for Ball Corporation, Drew Crouch identifies and pursues technology-based commercialization opportunities and steers Ball’s manufacturing technology base and leads a data analytics virtual start-up for the company. He previously served in a number of executive leadership roles for Ball’s aerospace subsidiary.

Crouch has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning aerospace general management, strategy and business development; technology startup executive management and venture finance; space mission development and systems engineering, and heavy construction management.He was also honored to graduate from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins in Moby Arena.

Crouch, who holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in mechanical engineering with an engineering management concentration, both from Colorado State Universit., is chairman emeritus and a member of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board, and a member of the CSU College of Business Global Leadership Council. He served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Vexcel Corporation.

Portrait of Mary Cleave
Mary Cleave

Mary Cleave will deliver the commencement address at the College of Natural Sciences ceremony at 8 a.m., May 13, in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Mary L. Cleave, Ph.D., P.E., is a former NASA astronaut and administrator who graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Natural Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in biological science (1969).

As an astronaut, Cleave flew on two Space Shuttle Atlantis flights as a mission specialist. In her first flight, in 1985, she helped deploy communications satellites, completed two space walks, and performed numerous experiments. During her second flight, in 1989, she helped launch Magellan, which went on to map more than 95 percent of Venus’ surface.

Back on Earth, Cleave worked at the Johnson Space Center, before moving to the Goddard Space Flight Center in 1991, where she managed a project to monitor global vegetation levels. She then went on to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator for Earth Science at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., before retiring in 2007.

Cleave earned her M.S. in microbial ecology (1975) and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (1979), both from Utah State University. Before joining NASA, she worked for the Ecology Center and Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University.

Cleave has received numerous awards, including the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, Friend of Mongolia, and NASA Engineer of the Year. As a CSU distinguished alumna, she received the William Morgan Achievement Award. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, the Association of Space Explorers, and the Explorers Club.

Rick Knight

Richard Knight, professor, Wildlife Conservation, Colorado State University, will deliver the commencement address at the Warner College of Natural Resources ceremony at 10 a.m., May 14 at Moby Arena.

Rick Knight has been a professor of Wildlife Conservation in the Warner College of Natural Resources for the past 30 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin. While at Wisconsin, he was an Aldo Leopold Fellow, conducting his research and living at Aldo Leopold’s “shack.”

Knight is also a veteran, having served his country in the Marine Corps for seven years, including a tour in the Viet Nam conflict.

Presently, he sits on a number of boards including the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Science Board of the Malpai Borderlands Project, the Diablo Trust, and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.

Knight was selected by the Ecological Society of America for the first cohort of Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows, which focuses on leadership in the scientific community, communicating with the media, and interacting with business and corporate sectors. Knight is the editor or author of 10 books and in 2008, he was a recipient of the Colorado Book Award for Anthology.

Throughout his career, Knight has consistently been an outstanding teacher and mentor to students, and his passion for imparting conservation knowledge is unparalleled.

In 2007, Colorado State University honored him with the Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. He is a five-time recipient of the Warner College Students’ Choice for Outstanding Faculty Member. He’s received the Warner College Harry E. Troxell Distinguished Service to Students Award twice.


Complete CSU commencement ceremony starting times and locations; ceremonies will be livestreamed at the links provided on the CSU commencement website.

Friday, May 12

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program, 8 a.m., Moby Arena
  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning, 8 a.m., Lory Student Center Ballroom CD (not webcast)
  • Army ROTC Commissioning, 10 a.m., Lory Student Center Ballroom AB (not webcast)
  • Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, 11:30 p.m., Moby Arena
  • Graduate School, 3 p.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Health and Human Sciences, 7:30 p.m., Moby Arena

Saturday, May 13

  • College of Natural Sciences, 8 a.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 8 a.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, 11:30 a.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Business, 3 p.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Liberal Arts I (Art, Music, Theatre & Dance), 4:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Liberal Arts II, 7:15 p.m., Moby Arena

Sunday, May 14

  • Warner College of Natural Resources, 10 a.m., Moby Arena