Senate Bill 148, the bill to change Metro State’s name to Metropolitan State University of Denver, passed a final reading in the Senate this morning by a vote of 33-1 (one excused).
Here’s a story from the Metro State website
Former CEO of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Roy Alexander, who earned a degree in accounting from Metro State in 1974, shared his story as a first-generation college student and how Metro State has also provided opportunities for his younger siblings and son, who is currently attending the College. A change of name, he said, will positively impact Colorado’s economy.
“The name change will eliminate the confusion of identity and the divergence of understanding that works to the detriment of the school, the community and the economy of Colorado. Your name should represent who you are and what you do. You have a great opportunity to enhance the institution that this legislature created many years ago,” he told legislators.
“I wouldn’t mind seeing ‘university’ on my diploma,” said Caitlin Gibbons, a Metro State senior majoring in journalism. “I want my employers to know that where I went to school is a four-year institution. This is for me and my career, but it’s also for the 24,000 other students at Metro State.”