It was a combination Commencement and a first-year class reunion. Nearly 370 members of the Class of 2020 — including 11 Master of Arts in Teaching graduates — reunited on Sunday, May 30, for their long-awaited in-person Commencement ceremony. There was joy among classmates who had not seen one another, or their professors, since they were abruptly separated by the pandemic in March 2020. The class motto, “Hindsight is 2020,” may have been chosen with a sense of humor last year, but its poignancy a year later could not be missed. See highlights of the Class of 2020 Commencement »

Class of 2020

7,997 applicants (a record at that time)

540 students enrolled

15.8% acceptance rate

31 QuestBridge students

25% self-identifying as students of color

22 transfer students

55 gap-year students

  • Commencement speaker: Richard Lariviere, former president and CEO of the Field Museum in Chicago
  • Common Read Book: “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” by Claude Steele
  • Lived through the development of the East Campus Housing Community, renaming of South Hall, naming of Tava Quad, and renovation of Tutt Library
  • Saw the expansion of the alliance between the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College and the partnership between CC’s NPR-member station KRCC and Colorado Public Radio
  • Contributed to CC’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2020 by installing a solar array at Baca Campus; carbon neutrality celebrated Jan. 22, 2020

The class includes two Erasmus Mundus Scholars, a Watson Fellow, winner of The Denver Press Club student award, and seven Fulbright semifinalists, three of whom went on to become finalists.