Thursday, December 6, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2018

Our 40th anniversary look back at Rio Salado College’s history is coming to an end—and we’re heading back to the future! Today, we begin revisiting 2018

photo of human 40

At the beginning of 2018 we launched our year-long 40th anniversary celebration and hosted a series of events including a gathering to form a giant human 40. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes video. We also worked to fulfill 40 acts of service. Check out these related stories to learn about our volunteer efforts. 

Group photo of dozens of 2017 dual enrollment graduates

2018 was a record-breaking year for Rio Salado dual enrollment graduates! Of the 200 students who took part in the 2018 commencement ceremony on May 9 at Comerica Theatre, were 92 dual enrollment students (See related story).

More than 50 of the dual enrollment participants were from Xavier College Prep-- the first high school Rio Salado partnered with in 1987 to launch its dual enrollment program, which helps nearly 7,000 Maricopa County students at 43 schools earn college and high school credits at the same time. 

photo of students, staff and program partner volunteers at clinic

In June, the college’s dental hygiene students, alumni and staff members partnered with the Arizona Dental Foundation and community volunteers to host a free clinic for kids. A total of 690 dental procedures were provided to 124 children, totaling $42,724.64 of care in one day!

Look for other 2018 memories later this month.

Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Visit our 40th anniversary website to learn more about our year-long celebration