Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:53

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2017 – Tempe, Arizona

Convocations celebrate students who participate in various cultural groups, including Asian Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, Veterans, Hispanic, Black/African-American, and American Indian. The following events are open to graduates, their families, and the public.
Reservations are required and can be made online at

Equality (LGBTQ+) Maricopa Convocation
Thurs., May 4
6:30 p.m.
Student Union, Phoenix College,1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix

Student Veterans Convocation
Fri., May 5
Dinner at 4:30 p.m. followed by the convocation ceremony at 5:15 p.m.
Bulpitt Auditorium, Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix

Asian Pacific Islanders Convocation
Sat., May 6
11:00 a.m.
Conference Center, Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe

Black/African-American Convocation
Sat., May 6
2:00 p.m. ceremony. Graduates are asked to check in at 12:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix

Hispanic Convocation
Sat., May 6
6:30 p.m. ceremony. Graduates are asked to check in at 5:30 p.m.
South Ballroom, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix

American Indian Convocation
Thurs., May 11
6:00 p.m. ceremony. Reception and graduate check-in begins at 5:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

All convocation events are free and open to the public. For more information, email or call 480-731-8156.

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About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community College District includes 10 regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degree, certificate, and university transfer programs.

Arts and Culture

As thousands of Maricopa Community College students prepare to graduate in May, they are invited to bring family and friends to cultural convocations. These smaller, more intimate ceremonies celebrate students who participate in cultural constituency groups, along with the families, friends, fellow students, and employees who support them.