Showing posts with label RioGrad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RioGrad. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Last Chance to RSVP for Free Dental Clinic 6/25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic still has a few openings for this Saturday's free dental clinic for kids!  

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.  The clinic is for children and young adults ages 17 and younger and will take place Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

The FOX 10 Arizona Morning team plans to join us as we kick off this event-- to help increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.  Tune in at 8 a.m. for live coverage.

  
students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable!
This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New VPAA Kate Smith


Please join us in welcoming Kate Smith-- Rio Salado's new Vice President of Academic Affairs

Smith, who begins her tenure this week, will be responsible for the oversight of Faculty, academic support services, Community Development, Dual Enrollment, Educational Service Partners, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Institutional Integrity.

“I am excited to welcome Kate to the Rio Salado College team and to Maricopa,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “I have every confidence that she will provide meaningful contributions to our important work of serving students.”

Smith brings a depth of experience to her new role with more than 20 years of experience in education. Most recently she served as the Dean of the Academic Foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. In that role, Kate had direct oversight of developmental education, college success courses, the English for Speakers of other Languages program, Dual Enrollment, writing centers, learning centers, tutoring, grant funded initiatives, and more.

Smith is a collaborative and supportive educator and leader. She is also well known in New York and across the nation as a speaker on topics ranging from active learning strategies to leading change through collaborative practices.

“I am thrilled to join Rio Salado College,” Smith said. “I am humbled and honored to be joining such a progressive and hard-working team. I appreciate the opportunity to support and contribute to the excellent work of the faculty and staff at Rio and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rio Congratulates Horizon H.S. Dual Grads!


A shout out to Rio Salado 2016 dual enrollment grads from Horizon High School-- Connor Little, Matthew Thomas and Peter Godfrey-- who were recently featured in this Scottsdale Independent story.

They were among a record-breaking 64 dual enrollment grads who earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College-- before graduating from high school.

Congratulations!

See related RioNews stories about the extraordinary dual enrollment class of 2016:
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Learn more about Rio Salado's dual enrollment program: www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.

Woo Hoo! It’s summertime! Time to lounge by the pool, visit a beach, read a fluff book, hang out with family and friends, and maybe even get a haircut?

All of the above summer activities are highly recommended for sure but there are students who would like to also accomplish academic goals and utilize the summer months to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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1. Research and find college clubs, organizations, student life activities, and even future alumni opportunities. Networking is huge and will play a huge role in landing a future job. Being actively involved in college activities will not only help a resume, social life, and academic successes but will also grow networking opportunities. Rio Salado College’s Student Life and Leadership Department engages students in leadership, service, and fellowship. You can locate all the information you need via this web page or by calling Student Life and Leadership at 480-517-8050.

2. If you are finished with your degree or program become an active alum. I promise it’s not just about donations! Your college alumni network is one of your best networking opportunities as a graduate. You can contact your specific degree/program department for more details. Reaching out to fellow graduates, instructors, and current students will grow your network and really encourage your career search and path.

3. Summer time is a great time to visit Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services! Put us on your schedule…you will be so glad you did. Counseling and Career Services (for free) resources, resume assistance, mock interviewing, one-on-one career counseling, and more. Take advantage of all the assistance and opportunities provided to you.

4. Take a summer course. Summer school isn’t a punishment…it’s an opportunity to get a class done quickly. Take two summer courses! It’s such a unique benefit having your course work online. You can study while catching that tan.

Summer time goes quickly and I know you want to have fun and relax but if you also want to accomplish some academic goals go for it! Regardless of your choice… don’t worry! Be happy!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Check out Rio Salado's online catalog for a look at courses available to you this summer. Classes start Monday!

June is Men’s Health Month!

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Men’s Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males. It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month. 

Rio Salado Library Resources
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Men’s Health Magazine: Articles for men on fitness, exercise, nutrition, grooming tips, fashion, new products, and men's health questions.

Harvard Men’s Health Watch: Contains men's health news and advice directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. Puts the reader in closer touch with everything that's happening now in cutting edge medicine, new prevention strategies, and new medicine.

Men’s Health Advisor: Direct from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, this monthly publication discusses important and vital issues facing men concerned about their health.

(Note: Access the resources above by using your RioLearn username/password)

Online Resources
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Men’s Health Fact Sheets & Information: Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this site contains the latest data sets and statistics on men’s health issues, including the top causes of death, life expectancy by sex and race, and prostate cancer facts, among others.

Men’s Health Online Resource Center: Search through the various disease categories at this site to learn more about different maladies that affect men and what you need to know about them.

30 Stay-Healthy Tips for Men: This resource provides a month-long plan for disease prevention.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by Carlos Newsom under a CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Billboard Inspires #RioGrad to Reevaluate Life


Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion.

Photo of Mercado at Rio Salado 2015 Commencement

“I was shocked today to find out that my picture was used on a Rio Salado College billboard,” said 2015 Rio Salado graduate Joseph Mercado, in an email to the college. “I want to thank you for selecting my photo because it help me to confirm spiritually that I am on the right path.”

Mercado attended Rio Salado part-time from 2010-15, and earned a certificate in addictions and substance use disorders.

Since graduation, he has been working as a counselor and behavior coach. He also decided to return to school to earn a college degree to further his career.

“I had recently applied to a university to continue my education, but was slow in my steps,” Mercado said. “After seeing the billboard, I felt that it was more than just a sign but a ‘sign’ for me to continue my education.”

Mercado’s journey to Rio Salado hasn’t been easy, but other signs pointed him in the right direction.

“I choose a career in chemical dependency after the path became apparent while working at a treatment center,” Mercado said. “I saw that my own life experiences were very helpful in connecting with at-risk youth.”

poster of Mercado promoting business Next Dimension Music
He also combines his DJ talents with the behavioral health experience to benefit others.

“I use my music background as therapy, whether it’s teaching youth how to DJ, or using music as a coping skill, Mercado said. “Music is a great healing tool.”

Mercado was going through a period of personal turmoil in the late 90s, which caused him to fall into addiction as a means of comfort.

In 2003, Mercado was in New York City when he blacked out one day, and fell head first to the ground. He split open his forehead and needed more than 300 stitches to close the wound.

“Afterwards, I sunk deeper into depression, substance abuse and high-risk behaviors,” Mercado said. “I didn't know it at the time but this was the start of a spiritual experience that lifted me from the pain.”

About 9 months later, Mercado made the decision to change.

“Each day now I live my life based on my new foundation,” Mercado said. “I have repaired some relationships. I am grateful for each and every experience, whether positive or negative. And even though I still face troubles, the doors continue to open.”

One of those doors was Rio Salado College.



“I chose Rio Salado because the program fit into my schedule,” Mercado said. “At the time I was working very long hours so being flexible with my time was very important.”

In addition to the at-risk youth he works with, Mercado hopes to inspire others who may be facing challenges in life.
“If you are struggling in life, know that change can happen when you realize that pain is temporary,” Mercado said. “Having self-awareness leads to making better choices.”
Mercado’s next choice is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Seeing the billboard has lifted and inspired me to continue my education and finish strong,” Mercado said, although he still gets a chuckle from it.

“It is still an unreal experience to see my face up there,” Mercado said. “I get messages from so many people I know in Phoenix. When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the billboard and we get a super kick out of it!”

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 


Are you ready to begin your educational journey? Classes start Monday! Visit www.startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College.

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop June 22

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Rio Salado is hosting a series of monthly culinary workshops for students, staff and the public to enjoy!  Your next adventure in cooking is a...

image of a bowl of colorful pho

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop
June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Cafe at Rio
2323 W 14th St.
Tempe, Arizona 85281

The focus will be on how to prepare Pho and Spring Rolls!

Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on instructions by a professional chef-- and tasting the fruits of your labor!

Tickets are $25 per guest-- or $40 for two.
Open to adults and teens, 13-years and older.


Attendees must RSVP in advance to Patrice Cervantes via email or phone: patrice.cervantes@riosalado.edu, 480-517-8532.

(RSVP to this event does not guarantee a spot until confirmed)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Announcing NCU Bright Future Scholarship

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Northcentral University's Bright Future Scholarship provides an awesome opportunity for Rio Salado students who are thinking about transferring to NCU.  

The scholarship will cover the tuition cost of an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program of your choice.

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Six new students will be selected to receive the scholarship based on their essay submission.

Students must apply for their master’s or doctoral degree program, submit their NCU Bright Future Scholarship essay and start their degree program between June 1 - June 27, 2016.

Learn more now.

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College are working together to provide a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to NCU for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree. Learn more about this program.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 25-- RSVP Now

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic. We still have the capacity to serve 40 more children!

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

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Rio Salado Dental staff will also be available to talk about careers in the dental field and its programs.


This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.


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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.

HSE 2016 Graduation Photos on Facebook


Enjoy the first set of photos from the May 26 HSE Graduation by staff photographer Gordon Fong by visiting our Facebook page.

Share your moments using ‪#‎RioGrad‬.

Additional photos will be made available for purchase by GradImages® at www.gradimages.com

Learn more about Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program for GED‬ ® test-takers by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Graduation Day HSE #RioGrad!

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Tonight we celebrate the accomplishments of students who have completed Rio Salado’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program and successfully passed the GED® test.

Among the HSE graduates taking part in tonight’s ceremony is student speaker Angelica Marie Solaro, who will be sharing her story.

Photo of Angelia Marie Solaro

After leaving high school before graduation, Solaro never thought she would earn her diploma. When she decided to accept the challenge of completing her education, she discovered a new direction in her life.

Solaro enrolled in Rio Salado College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and experienced every emotion possible. However, Solaro’s can-do attitude allowed her self-esteem to grow. Not only has she completed her HSE, but Angelica’s new-found confidence has landed her a promising employment opportunity.

In addition to being a great daughter, sister, and friend to others, Solaro is also continuing her education through Rio Salado’s Adults Achieving a College Education program. She is working toward the goal of earning a college degree, and hopes to one day work in the project management field.

“If I had not faced some of the challenges that I had, I would not be the person I am today,” said Solaro. “All of my experiences have allowed me to appreciate the little things in life and everyone who is involved.”
Tune in to watch tonight's ceremony to learn more about Solaro's story beginning at 7 p.m.

Ready to get started on your educational journey? Visit this web page for details about Rio Salado's HSE Prep program.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library


Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library! This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list  of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rio & NSF Help STEM Pros Become Teachers

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“Rio Salado has been very supportive during my first year of teaching,” said Kyrene Middle School teacher Bridget Bambling, one of 17 scholars who has completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars program, which helped her re-career as a teacher.

“I appreciate the feedback I have received from the instructors who have visited my classroom. I know they are there for me if I have any questions or need assistance,” said Bambling, who received her certification in May 2015 and has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Kyrene Middle School since last August. Bambling was a nurse for nearly 20 years before deciding to re-career as a teacher.

Flier for program.  Image of an older gentlemen standing in front of a chalboard, snapshots of kids at play.  Text: SMILE for Math and Science. Are you interested in re-careering? Do you like science or math? Want to help others learn? Do something that will make a difference... get certified as a teacher through Rio Salado College’s Noyce Scholars SMILE program. The Noyce Scholars SMILE (Science and Math Innovative Learning Environments) program is an online 15-month comprehensive secondary teacher certification program in math or science. Program participants receive: $16,500 stipends to cover tuition, fees, and some living expenses, Mentorship throughout the student teaching experience, Assistance with job placementApply for Your SMILE Today!  Call: 480-517-8580 Email: Karen.Nave@riosalado.edu www. riosalado.edu/noyce.  Applications Being Accepted.  Images of Rio Salado Collee, Maricopa Community Colleges and NSF logos.

The Rio Salado Noyce Scholars fast-track teacher education program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement, first-year classroom support and a generous stipend of $16,500 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to cover expenses.

The NSF is providing funding for ten more science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to re-career as secondary classroom teachers in Arizona.

The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching.

Qualified candidates will work toward a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12 and plan to share their industry experience with students in an effort to prepare teens for high-need STEM careers-- and to help combat the severe shortage of qualified STEM teachers in the state.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.

Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join Us for the 2016 HSE Graduation!

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Student Speaker Angelica Marie Solaro   

We look forward to this week's 2016 HSE Graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m.
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Visit the event page for full details

Caps, Gowns & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremonies must wear the official Rio Salado blue gown, cap and 2016 tassel. The graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.


Photos, DVDs, Broadcasts & Live Stream 
GradImages™ will be taking photos, which you can purchase at a later time. We will provide updates when photos are available. Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to download and tag.

DVD copies of the ceremony will be available for sale. The cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will provide a live stream of the ceremony.  Visit this page to tune in.

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Choose Your Favorite Grad Badge
Visit this web page to vote for, download and share your favorite grad badge.

Images of three new Rio Grad badges.

Share Your Selfies and Stories
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RioGrad to share your photos and stories.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Xavier College Prep Grads Lead Dual Pack!

Xavier Prep Grads at Commencement 2016

Earn college degree before graduating from high school -- check. Astonish friends and family with academic achievements – check. Be two steps ahead on life’s path to success – check.

The students of Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix are leading the pack when it comes to dual enrollment. Of the record 64 Valley high school students earning associate degrees from Rio Salado College this spring, 33 are from the all-female Xavier College Prep.

Thanks to dual enrollment, Xavier students Andrea Gray, Miranda Albo and Ashlynn Holloway all have big plans for the future.

Andrea Gray
“I can say I earned my college degree before finishing high school,” Gray said. “This will stay with me through every future employment and academic opportunity.”

Gray’s future plans include pursuing an engineering career after being exposed to a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program through Girl Scouts in fourth grade.

“I knew then I wanted to be an engineer and stumbled across aeronautical engineering,” Gray said. She is graduating from Xavier Prep with a 3.8 GPA, and earning an Associate in Arts at Rio Salado.

Gray plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, majoring in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics and a minor in global security.

Eventually, she plans to earn a master’s degree and hopes to work for NASA or SpaceX, the independent American aerospace company run by Elon Musk.

Albo, who is also earning an Associate in Arts, will be attending the University of Arizona this fall. She is interested in studying a STEM subject, but also finds joy in art classes like sculpture and ceramics.


“I love the idea of working with my hands and creating an object that has meaning to it,” Albo said.

She credits dual enrollment for its convenience and affordability.

“Dual enrollment is so worth it and makes your life easier,” Albo said. “The biggest benefit was the ability to graduate from high school with a large number of credits, minimizing the cost of college.”

For Holloway, dual enrollment offered a chance to get a head start on college.

“With my basic courses taken care of, I now have the advantage of taking college classes that are major-specific, which will allow me to learn more as I continue my education,” Holloway said.

Holloway is graduating with an Associate in Arts from Rio Salado and has a 3.8 GPA at Xavier College Prep. She plans to pursue a double-major with the courses that have been freed up through the dual enrollment program.

Holloway said the success coaches in the dual enrollment program at Rio Salado also helped her find alternative ways to complete the requirements for an associate degree with her busy schedule, setting up options like online classes.

Sister Joanie Nuckols


Sister Joanie Nuckols, Vice Principal for Academics and campus minister at Xavier College Prep, said the high school has a tightknit community based on common goals of educational excellence.

“The most rewarding aspect of teaching is watching students learn to think critically, grow in wisdom and be able to explain their own point of view,” Nuckols said.

Whatever paths they each may choose, the students at Xavier College Prep are fit to conquer anything that comes their way.


Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Best of the Best #RioGrad Photos!


Enjoy the latest, extraordinary commencement 2016 photos from Imageworks photographer Kenneth Krehbiel by visiting our Facebook account!

We encourage you to tag, download and share these photos.

Share your photos using ‪#‎RioGrad‬ and ‪#‎Maricopa16‬

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Check Out Your #RioGrad Proofs from GradImages

Rio Salado Student Speakers Elizabeth Cristales and Lorna Ann Hammerle.
We just posted another set of commencement 2016 photos from GradImages® on our Facebook account that you can download, tag and share. 

You can purchase your individual graduation photos now online. Visit www.gradimages.com to see your proofs and to make your purchases.

Share your pics using ‪#‎RioGrad‬

Time to Vote in May 17 Special Election

Button: Get out there and vote!

We encourage you to take part in today's statewide special election. Be counted!

Polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Visit www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to find your polling place.


#‎Vote‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Enjoy Rio Commencement 2016 Photos

Rio Salado Xavier Prep Dual Enrollment Graduates
We are delighted to share the first set of photos from last night’s commencement ceremony. We will post others as soon as they become available. Please feel free to download, share and tag yourselves.


A special thank you to all of the graduates, faculty, staff and guests who joined us-- and for contributing to this memorable evening at the Orpheum Theatre. 

And a special thanks to Imageworks photographer Kenneth Krehbiel for beautifully capturing some of last night’s magical moments.

We encourage you to share your photos using ‪#‎RioGrad‬