Last weekend we were thrilled to honor Jill Tiefenthaler, the 13th president of Colorado College, who was our Class of 2021 Commencement speaker. She received an honorary degree from the college, and we dedicated two spaces in Tutt Library by naming them after her: the Tiefenthaler Entryway, on the east side of the library, and the Tiefenthaler Study Lounge.
Members of the CC Board of Trustees, along with students, faculty, and staff, gathered to see the new space and say hello to our former president. Among her many achievements as president was the renovation and expansion of Tutt Library, which is the largest carbon net-zero academic library in the country.
President Tiefenthaler especially cherished being on stage at Commencement as her daughter, Olivia, received her diploma.
Last weekend was the beautiful culmination of a very challenging year, as we celebrated our Class of 2021 graduates with an in-person commencement ceremony at the new Weidner Field near downtown Colorado Springs. These graduates navigated their senior year during a worldwide pandemic, learning to adapt, innovate, and make meaningful connections with faculty and peers while following protocols to keep each other safe. We are proud of them and wish them all the best as they move on to make positive change in our world. Congratulations!
Colorado College will honor the Class of 2021 at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 23 at an in-person Commencement ceremony at the new Weidner Field in downtown Colorado Springs. Former CC President Jill Tiefenthaler P ’21, P ’24, now CEO of the National Geographic Society, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree.
Approximately 460 Bachelor of Arts degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, which concludes CC’s 147th academic year. It also concludes a year like no other, in which students immersed themselves in virtual and hybrid learning, finding new ways to learn, foster relationships, and build community. Capping a year that truly was unprecedented, the Class of 2021’s motto is “Stumbling is not falling,” attributed to Malcolm X. Read more here.
The Spring issue of CC’s alumni magazine explores the pivotal role of the arts, from poetry to painting, fashion to film, and from the classroom to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Look for the Bulletin in your mailbox, and access the online publication here.
Kris Mayotte‘s first coaching staff will include a former Colorado College All-American who played 12 years in the National Hockey League. Mayotte, CC’s first-year head coach, announced that Mark Stuart ’06 will join the Tiger hockey program as an assistant coach.
Stuart, one of the most menacing defensemen to play at Colorado College, starred as a Tiger from 2002-05. He captained the 2004-05 squad to the NCAA Frozen Four before falling to eventual champion Denver in the semifinals. Stuart, who collected 54 points (12g,42a) in 118 career games at CC, earned NCAA All-America honors that season. Read more here.