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MSU-Denver signing

MSU-Denver signing

DENVER — Metro State College of Denver got the state’s permission Wednesday to change its name to Metro State University of Denver, a change that will take effect July 1.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia took part in a ceremony on the Auraria Campus Tuesday afternoon as Hickenlooper, donning a red Metro t-shirt with a giant, white ‘U’ on the back, signed the legislation enabling the name change into law.

“This is a bill that has been some time in the making,” Hickenlooper said. “It is a great way to honor what Metro State has become. It’s a remarkable asset not just to Denver but the entire state of Colorado. Clearly, Metro deserves to be recognized as a university.”

Metro State had been focused on a name change for years as it has sought to re-brand itself and to remind the public that it isn’t a two-year community college but a four-year institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The school’s trustees voted about a year ago to ask lawmakers to rename the school Denver State University; but that proposal met strong resistance from the University of Denver, worried about the similarity.

They then went back to the drawing board and eventually settled on Metro State University.

The legislation to authorize that name change, carried by bipartisan sponsors in both the House and Senate, was easily approved in both chambers earlier this session.