Media and Photo Advisory: Gov. Bill Ritter Delivers Address at Son’s CSU Commencement on Dec. 19

Note to Editors: August Ritter is available for interviews this week. To speak with him, contact Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or

WHAT: Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will return to his alma mater, Colorado State University, on Dec. 19 to deliver remarks at the university’s Warner College of Natural Resources commencement. This is a special occasion for Gov. Ritter when his son, August Ritter, graduates from the Warner College with a degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism that includes a concentration in Global Tourism and double minor in Business Administration and Spanish. The governor earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Colorado State in 1978 from the College of Liberal Arts.

WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Main Ballroom on the second floor of the Lory Student Center on CSU’s campus.

DETAILS: The Warner College of Natural Resources plans to award 94 baccalaureate degrees and 21 graduate degrees for 2008 fall commencement as students welcome Gov. Ritter back to his alma mater.

His address and the entire commencement ceremony will be broadcast via the Web at

The Warner College of Natural Resources offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that address current environmental issues and societal concerns. The college is one of the largest in the country with about 1,000 undergraduate students, 300 graduate students, 63 tenure-track academic faculty and 500 scientists, researchers, support staff and student employees. Programs range from tourism and watershed management to conservation biology and ecosystem science.

News media are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony but must RSVP by 5 p.m. Dec. 19 to Kimberly Sorensen at (970) 491-0757 or For interviews with Gov. Bill Ritter, contact Evan Dreyer at (720) 350-8370 or