Dean James Ryan announced today that Colorado State Sen. , Ed.M.’00, will address graduates and their families at the 2014 Convocation ceremony on May 28.

“I am delighted that Mike Johnston will address our graduates and their families at this year. As a teacher, principal, and entrepreneur, Mike’s leadership has made a real difference in the lives of countless students,” said Ryan. “As a legislator in the Colorado State Senate, he is a nationally recognized advocate for school finance reform, fair teacher evaluations, and education equity. I believe that our community will be inspired, as I have been, by his passion and his willingness to find solutions to notoriously difficult challenges in education.”

Johnston has been called a “game changer” in education, has made Time’s top 40 under 40 list, and has been touted by Forbes as one of the seven most influential educators.

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