Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be on campus Saturday, May 19, to sign into law House Bill 12-1080, which will officially designate Adams State a university. More details on this historic event will be released as they are finalized.

“We are very excited about entering a new phase as a university,” said Adams State President David Svaldi. The college’s Board of Trustees voted to pursue the name change Aug. 26, after exploring the issue for three years. The change will be official Aug. 7, 2012, effective with the fall 2012 semester (2012-13 academic year).

The “Our Great Story Just Got Better” celebration of the name change is planned for August, beginning with the Welcome Back Luau on Thursday, Aug. 23, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 24. Special events will include faculty art exhibits, concerts, and poetry readings, with new works commissioned to commemorate the name change. There will also be a planetarium show, free public concert, and a Gala dinner to raise scholarship funds. More details will be released later in the summer.

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