DU Alumni Weekend

1,179 Pioneers. Six events. Two days. ONE DU.

University of Denver's inaugural Alumni Weekend was held May 19-20, 2017. Thank you to everyone who made the first one such a special event. Join us again next year as we celebrate alumni achievement, welcome the next class of graduating students into the alumni family and experience first-hand DU's incredible impact in the community and around the world.

What makes a university? Is it the spires? The copper roofs? The campus greens?

OR...is it the legacy of its community? The achievements, the impact and the yet-to-be-realized potential of those who, together, passed through the same doors, pushed themselves to their limits and emerged as trailblazers. As agents of change. As Pioneers.

You are DU. Every day you define your place in this world, wherever you may be, and as alumni of the University of Denver, 140,000 strong, we define the legacy of this community, this university. Alumni weekend is the moment when we celebrate our achievements, our potential. To celebrate our story which began on the steps of Mary Reed but did not end there.

You not only take DU with you wherever you go. You define it. YOU ARE HERE.

alumni awards

Raise a toast to the accomplishments and global impact of our DU alumni

Brenda J. Hollis
JD Law '77
Prosecutor of the
Special Court of
Sierra Leone

Craig Patrick
BSBA '69
Hockey Hall of Fame

Crisanta Duran
BA Public Affairs &
Spanish '02
  Speaker, Colorado
House of Representatives

Debra Crew
BA Spanish &
International Studies '93
Reynolds American

Imran Khan
BSBA Economics &
Finance '00
Chief Strategy Officer,

Jim Kennedy
BSBA Management '70
Cox Enterprises

Lamont School musicians and ensembles have won national awards including Outstanding Performance Award for 2016, Best Graduate College Small Jazz Ensemble, Outstanding Performance by an Undergraduate College Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Best Undergraduate College Engineered Studio Recording.
Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker from Denver, Colorado. He is a two-time Grand Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and a two-time TEDx speaker. LeFebre has performed at hundreds of cultural events, social actions, detention centers, conferences, and colleges and universities across the United States and abroad.

pioneer symposium

Expanding knowledge, feeding curiosity and thinking into the future with leading DU minds

In this series of inspiring panel discussions, DU faculty, community members and alumni explored the subject of leadership from different angles and through the lenses of their own diverse experiences.

Marie Berry
Marie Berry
Assistant Professor for International/Comparative Politics:
Gender and Violence
Josef Korbel School of
International Studies
David Carle
David Carle
Assistant Hockey Coach
DU Athletics
Corey Ciocchetti
Corey Ciocchetti
Associate Professor &
Department Chair,
Business Ethics and
Legal Studies
Daniels College of Business
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Assistant Professor,
Sturm College of Law
Seth Masket
Professor and Chair
Department of Political Science, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Linda Olson
Interim Dean,
Colorado Women's College
Director and Faculty,
Pioneer Leadership Program
Craig Patrick
2017 Distinguished
Alumni Honoree
Jay Stickney
DU Hockey
Gold Dinner

welcome reception
and gold dinner

Location: Carnegie Green, DU Campus
Day: Friday, May 19

Welcoming graduating undergraduate and graduate students into the alumni family

Alumni imparted wisdom and inspired the next generation of Pioneer Alumni as they welcomed graduating undergraduate and graduate students into the alumni family. Keynote address was provided by Duffeyroll's Nick Ault.

x-plore startup tour

(hosted by Project X-ITE)

Location: Downtown Denver
Day: Friday, May 19

Discovering the impact of alumni and startups that shift business landscapes and build creative enterprises.

This tour of downtown Denver revealed the impact DU-af´Čüliated companies have made on the city. Project X-ITE hosted alumni on quick tours of several startups and companies that are integral and exemplary of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Denver.

11:30 AM - Light Lunch at Comcast

12:10 PM - Zayo

12:35 PM - Full Contact

1:10 PM - Inspirato

1:40 PM - SendGrid @WeWork

x-change student pitch event

(hosted by Project X-ITE)

Location: Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
Day: Saturday, May 20

Introducing student startups to DU's most innovative leaders

Project X-ITE invited 4 student startups to soft-pitch to alumni in the RSECS 5th Floor Rotunda. This "X-change" provided students with feedback from alumni, and gave alumni a glimpse into the robust and diverse entrepreneurial community on campus among our undergraduate and graduate students

Student Startups
Bash & Spree

Visit the Project X-ITE website to learn more about these student startups.

tree planting

global day of service

Location: Areas around Denver, National and International locations
Day: Saturday, May 20

Pioneers serving together to enhance the public good and transform communities.

Pioneers in Denver and around the world partnered together for a morning of volunteer service opportunities. Local options included Observatory Park cleanup, planting trees for the DU Tree Project, and a partnership with Colorado startup eyeBot to make DU the nation's first sight-impaired-friendly campus. This event was held simultaneously with DU alumni day of service events held across the country.

eyeBot is a Colorado startup that is building technology-based solutions for visually impaired users to explore and navigate various areas. The company is currently working with several engineering students to make DU the first sight-impaired-friendly campus by digitally mapping all buildings, physical landmarks, and permanent structures.