Friday, April 18, 2008

Rio Commencement and G.E.D. Graduation Set for May 6 and 7

On May 7, Rio Salado College will hold commencement exercises for students earning associate degrees and certificates. Students earning their G.E.D. (high school equivalency diploma) will be honored in a ceremony on May 6.

Both events will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will take place at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Rio Salado will be awarding 377 degrees and 3,580 certificates to graduates.

This year’s theme, ‘Sustain Your Momentum’, encourages students to continue to pursue their dreams after college. Now that they have accomplished the goal of graduating from Rio Salado, it is a time to make new goals and keep going.

Commencement will feature two student speakers who represent sustaining momentum.

Dawn Beck earned her associate degree in arts at an accelerated pace, completing more than 53 credit hours in nine months and will continue on to get her master’s degree. Michael Cardenas, who has earned his associate degree in public administration, works as an administrative assistant at the State Bar of Arizona and plans to continue on to law school.

The speaker at the G.E.D. graduation will be Patrick Thomas.

For more information about Rio Salado Commencement or the G.E.D. graduation, visit