A Breckenridge resident and the 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will speak at the Colorado Mountain College spring graduation ceremonies.
Shannon Galpin gained fame when she became the first known woman to ride a mountain bike through Afghanistan, where the culture prohibits women from riding bikes. After that first cross-county ride on her single-speed bike in 2009, the documentary filmmaker, writer and international speaker crossed the country’s Panjshir Valley again and again.
The rape survivor and mother founded the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain, which promotes education and opportunity for women and girls in regions of conflict, and supports the Afghan women’s cycling team, whose members have received death threats. She embraces the bicycle as a symbol of freedom and mobility and encourages women around the globe in support of gender equality.
Graduation ceremonies for students at the Breckenridge and Dillon college campuses start at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2, at the Keystone Resort Conference Center, and the public is invited to share in the celebration.
In addition to the traditional granting of associate degrees, occupational certificates and GEDs (general equivalency diplomas), this year’s exercises celebrate the second graduating class to receive bachelor’s degrees from the college.
A light reception will follow the ceremonies. For more information, call Debbie Devine with Colorado Mountain College at 453-6757.