Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maricopa Enrollment Day is Wed., June 13!

Poster for Maricopa Enrollnent Day featuring a group of students smiling at the camera.  Text in blog.

Ready to begin your educational journey with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? We’re ready for you! Visit any of the 10 colleges on Enrollment Day, Wed, June 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete enrollment in one day.* 

What can you do on Enrollment Day?
  • Apply for Admission
  • Take the Placement Test
  • Seek Academic Advisement
  • Attend Student Orientation (campus tours and student IDs)
  • Explore Payment Options (FAFSA assistance, scholarships, payment plans, etc. If you are a dependent, bring your and your parents' 2016 tax returns.)
  • Register for classes. Payment is due immediately for Summer classes; Payment is due July 30 for Fall classes.

Staff at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters, Northen and Suprise locations will be available to help students complete their enrollment. 

Scottsdale Community College will host Enrollment Days Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.

To ensure proper service, please make sure to bring a photo ID (school/government issued: e.g., state ID, drivers license, permanent resident card, passport, etc.) Please also bring your Social Security number (alternate arrangements will be made for non-residents).

*Please Note: Students arriving after 4 p.m. will still be seen but may not complete the entire process. A “next steps” guide will be furnished to students who are not able to complete the enrollment process.

Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 HSE Graduation Highlights & Memories

wide shot of HSE graduation finale as attendees applaud for grads

The 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony was a memorable event, especially the speech by Student Speaker Maida Dugalic!

More than 200 students attended the May 17 ceremony. These students joined nearly 20,000 adult basic education students who have taken classes at Rio Salado over the past 40 years and earned their HSE credential.

Bustamante and Liddicoat
Among the other highlights was Dr. Bustamante’s recognition of Associate Dean of Instruction and Community Development Blair Liddicoat, who presented Liddicoat with the President’s Leadership Award for his 28 years of service to adult basic education.

Bustamante and Douglas
Dr. Bustamante also presented the President’s Partner Award to the Arizona Department of Education to commemorate 40 years of partnering to provide adult basic education. The award was received by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.


Thanks to Maricopa Community Colleges Television, you can watch the graduation ceremony-- and hear student speaker Maida Dugalic's extraordinary speech! Learn more about Dugalic in this RioNews story.

Check out our Facebook event photos now.

Share your Rio HSE grad story using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Memorial Day Closure

American flag waving in front of the sky and sun

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day.

Please also take note that the colleges and most Rio Salado locations will be closed on Fridays during the summer.

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the armed forces. The National Moment of Remembrance Act was passed in 2,000 to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.” 

The Act encourages all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. for a minute of silence on Memorial Day.

flags at half-mass, in front of Satue of Liberty at sunset

There is a traditional way of displaying the U.S. flag on this special day. 

The flag is raised quickly to the top of the staff and then lowered slowly to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. At noon their memory is raised by the living.

poster with a star with American flag design.  text: memorial day.



Visit this azcentral web page for a list of Memorial Day gatherings in Arizona.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Enjoy First Set of HSE 2018 Graduation Photos

images from graduation, featuring stage party and graduates being honored.
Top photo: President of Maricopa Community College District Governing Board Laurin Hendrix, 
Arizona’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and grad speaker Maida Dugalic


We are delighted to share the first set of photos from last night’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony, which was inspirational and memorable— thanks in great part to student speaker Maida Dugalic, who captivated the audience with her story and grace!

collage of grad imagesCheck out the photos now on Facebook.

Maida represented more than 200 HSE grads, who have completed Rio Salado’s GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test.

Here’s to all of the 2018 HSE Rio Grads! Congratulations! We hope you will continue your educational journey to higher learning.

Share your Rio grad memories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.


Learn more about Rio Salado’s GED® test prep program by calling 480-517-8110 or visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Here's to Rio Salado 2018 HSE Grads!

Photo of 2-017 grads, moving their cap tassels over to the right.

Tonight is the night we host our 2018 High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation ceremony—to celebrate students who have successfully completed our GED® test prep classes and passed the GED® test. This is your night, HSE Rio Waves! Happy graduation day! 

We look forward to tonight's ceremony and celebrating this day with you and your loved ones. We encourage you to share your grad stories using #RioGrad and #GEDGradDay.

poster of Rio Salado College Graduate Badge
Download your favorite 2018 Rio Waves Grad Badge! 

Watch the Live Stream
Can't make the ceremony? Watch the live stream courtesy of Maricopa Community Colleges Television.