Lisa DeCristino and Kayleen Peretto of Trinidad graduated from Adams State University in Alamosa during the 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on June 6.

DeCristino received a Master of Arts degree in school counseling. Peretto received a Masters in Arts degree in music education.

Adams State awarded 355 undergraduate degrees during the ceremony.

In the nearly 100 years Adams State University has been awarding diplomas, the virtual ceremony was perhaps the most heartfelt. A combination of both live performances and speeches as well as special video messages brought on a surge of social media engagement as the Adams State University Class of Spring 2020 received their degrees.

“It is truly an honor to join you in celebrating this extraordinary accomplishment under extraordinary circumstances,” said Daneya Esgar, chair of the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee who served as the commencement keynote speaker. Esgar and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addressed the graduates through pre-taped recordings.

“Our young voices have always been the drivers of change and we need it now more than ever before,” Esgar added.

Departments across campus worked together to provide a livestream with uplifting elements. Performances by music graduates Caleb Clark and Miriam Lipke, and music faculty William Lipke, D.M.A., and Matthew Valverde, D.M.A., were highlights of the ceremony.

The recent graduates are also invited to participate in the spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

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