Thursday, March 26, 2020

Rio Salado College Commencement Canceled

graphic is a letter from president kate smith notifying of commencement cancellation


As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities remain our top priority. 
Based on the input of public health professionals, our faculty leadership, and college leadership, I have determined that in the interest of safety, we will cancel all in-person Commencement and Convocation ceremonies scheduled for April and May 2020. Rio Salado's Commencement ceremony, previously scheduled for May 7, 2020, is canceled.
We are as disappointed as you with this development. Commencements and the surrounding celebrations are the best events of our year, so it was not an easy decision to make.  However, we must put health and safety first, adhering to the direction state and local governments have given.
Commencement and Convocation celebrations are incredibly important milestones in your lives, and we are committed to giving you the celebration you have earned. While the ceremonies in May are canceled, we are exploring other options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date in other venues when we can celebrate without health and safety concerns.
We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken. Please continue to visit maricopa.edu/coronavirus, which is frequently updated with the latest information and advisories.
Please know how proud we are of your accomplishments, and we look forward to celebrating with you when health and safety are no longer prevalent concerns. 
Sincerely,

Kate Smith  
Interim President