Over 500 Graduates to Walk at Phoenix College Commencement on May 9
Donned in blue caps and gowns, the Phoenix College Class of 2014 will take center-field for the 92nd annual commencement ceremony. Over 500 graduates will participate in the ceremony, which will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in Phoenix College’s Hoy Stadium, located at 1202 W. Thomas Rd. Family, friends and community members are welcome to attend the ceremony.
This year’s theme for the ceremony is “Creating New Possibilities” – which will now be possible for all of the graduating students thanks to their hard work and accomplishments. “This year’s theme reflects Phoenix College’s hope for our students,” said Dr. Anna Solley, president of Phoenix College. “Whether they go on to continue their education or enter the workforce, these outstanding students have learned that higher education is the key to unlocking the doors of their future.”
Joining Phoenix College for the commencement ceremony is this year’s keynote speaker, Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor. Education is one of Councilwoman Pastor’s top priorities. A former classroom teacher, she is currently the director for the Achieving a College Education (ACE) program at South Mountain Community College and is also a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Board.
In addition to the keynote speech, other highlights will include a salutation by Sarah Hernandez, who is a STEM Scholar and All-Arizona Academic Team honoree; and a valedictory address by Samantha Price, who is completing a double major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
The ceremony will also feature the announcement of the Diane H. Thomas scholarship award winner. This year, a graduating sophomore who plans to transfer to a four-year university will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The 2013-2014 Distinguished Teaching Award will also be presented to Dr. Michael Wilson, who has taught World History at Phoenix College since 1997.
2013-2014 Graduation Numbers
Number of students participating in commencement ceremony: 510
Total number of graduates (includes summer, fall and spring semesters): 1850
Total number of degrees and certificates: 2865