Legislators show school pride on College Friday

College In Colorado celebrates a statewide day of college pride

Proud alumni and students from colleges and universities near and far had an opportunity to celebrate higher education and show their pride by wearing the gear of their favorite college or university on April 12, College Friday.

At the state Capitol, legislators and other politicos wore their favorite college shirts, hats, jackets and other assundy college items.


State Rep. Su Ryden & Metro State’s mascot.
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College Friday, sponsored by College in Colorado, offered the fun opportunity to recognize and celebrate the importance of higher education and encourage conversations with young people about their future.


State Rep. Perry Buck, R-Greeley, the proud mother of a West Pointer, sports an Army football tee shirt.
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Since it began in 2006, College Friday has grown every year. Businesses, schools, alumni organizations have all joined in. And this year, Denver Metro Area Carl’s Jr. restaurants offered free fries at lunch or dinner for anyone in college gear, and Front Range Cold Stone Creamery’s locations offered a free “Like It” size ice cream from 3-7 p.m. for those in college attire. In addition, CSU-Global campus and CSU-Pueblo waived application fees for College Week, April 7-14.


State Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, stands at her desk in her Harvard Kennedy School sweatshirt.
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College In Colorado representatives were in schools across the state on College Friday to meet with students as they prepare to take the ACT and consider college and career plans.

Under that pin striped suit lurks state Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, a true Georgetown man.
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College In Colorado was initiated by the Department of Higher Education, which serves the citizens of the state of Colorado by promoting access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all students. College In Colorado helps all Coloradans explore career and education pathways, break down barriers to postsecondary attainment, and create a plan for their postsecondary and workforce success. A cornerstone of the campaign, www.CollegeInColorado.org, offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.

Chief Sergeant at Arms John Wallins and Metro State mascot Rwdi the Roadrunner chum it up at the Colorado House of Representatives during “College Friday.” Metro State’s mascot used to be a mustang, but when a local paper described Metro State students as “roadrunners” because of the way they chased around from class to class, the name, and change, took hold.
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Students from both Fossil Ridge and Poudre High Schools of Fort Collins present themselves in the Colorado House of Representatives chambers for “College Friday.”
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Colorado House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms Leon Brandli confers with Metro State mascot Rwdi the Roadrunner during “College Friday” on April 12.
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State Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, proudly presents his Colorado State colors.
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Rep. Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton, didn’t actually attend Baylor, but she and her son visited the school, and with a smile, she describes it as a fine, expensive Christian college.
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Rep. Edward Vigil, D-Fort Garland, drapes his affiliation to Adams State University over the back of his seat during this “College Friday” House session.
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