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50th Anniversary Gala

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President Charles Lief and the Board of Trustees cordially invite you to celebrate Naropa University as it marks its 50th anniversary!

You have played an important part of the Naropa story and on this day we honor all students, faculty, staff, alumnx, and friends who have given their time, talents and resources to support this special university.

September 21, 2024

6:00–10:00 PM

Boulder JCC
6007 Oreg Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303

The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner, entertainment, a retrospective of Naropa’s first 50 years! For additional information about the Gala, updates, and to see all of our event sponsors, please visit the 50th Anniversary Gala website.


The 50th Anniversary Gala is currently sold out. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact Renee Meek at renee.meek@naropa.edu.


If you have questions, please reach out to Sharla Owens, Associate Vice President for Development, at sharla.owens@naropa.edu.

Preferred Hotel Accommodations

Below are our hotel accommodations with availability for the weekend of the Gala (Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22) within a short drive of the JCC. Whatever accommodations you choose, we recommend booking early as there is a CU home football game that same weekend.

Omni Interlocken, 500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021

Special Naropa nightly rate: $279 + $25 destination fee

 Situated between Denver and Boulder on US 36, the Omni Interlocken offers 27-hole championship golf coursesresort pools, a rejuvenating spa, plus five bars, cafes and restaurants.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Lafayette Medical Center, 317 Exempla Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026

Special Naropa nightly rate: $129 + tax

Located off of US 287, the Hampton Inn & Suites is just twelve miles from Boulder. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, WiFi, and an indoor pool.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 5397 South Boulder Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Nightly rates from $322

Located in Boulder proper, this new hotel was completed in late 2021. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast buffet, high speed internet, and 55-inch smart TVs with the ability to stream from your favorite platforms.

The Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020

Special Naropa nightly rate: $189

Ideally positioned 15 minutes from both Denver and Boulder, The Westin Westminster features a fitness studio, spa, and heated indoor pool; high speed internet access and bluetooth sound system; and the fabulous Kachina Southwestern Grill

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.