TEMPE, AZ, March 26, 2020 — The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is continuing to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. To protect the health of MCCCD graduates, their families and friends, and faculty and staff, all in-person Commencement and Convocation ceremonies scheduled for April and May 2020 have been canceled.
“We are as disappointed as you with this development,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor. “Commencements and the surrounding celebrations are the best events of our year, so it was not an easy decision to make, but we must put health and safety first, adhering to the direction state and local governments have given.”
While the ceremonies are canceled, MCCCD is exploring other options to bring together Maricopa graduates and their families at a later date in other venues when groups can celebrate without health and safety concerns.
The Maricopa Community Colleges will continue to keep the community informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken.
Please continue to visit www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus, for the most up-to-date information and advisories.
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About Maricopa Community Colleges
The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.