The cap of a student at the 2022 MCCCD Hispanic Convocation,, decorated with a message reminding the viewer of each student's unique accomplishments. (Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Community College District

Celebrate student’s unique accomplishments at district-wide ceremonies

Maricopa County Community College District will hold convocation ceremonies from May 1 to May 6, which are gatherings that will offer a culturally and socially relevant celebration of a student’s unique accomplishments that have led to their graduation from any of the 10 MCCCD colleges.

The convocation ceremonies are separate from official graduation commencement ceremonies held at students’ specific college.

There will be eight separate ceremonies throughout the Central Valley, celebrating community members who are from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, veterans, foster youth, and those with disabilities.

The ceremonies are free to attend, with entertainment specific to the group being honored to happen at each event. 

Students can register for a ceremony, and indicate how many guests they plan to bring, on MCCCD’s website

Family and friends of celebrated students are welcome to attend and do not need to individually register. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend the ceremonies, and can register here.

Here are each of the details for each of the convocation ceremonies in chronological order.

  • American Indian Convocation

Where: Phoenix College, at 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, in the Bulpitt Auditorium

When: May 1, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Foster Youth Convocation

Where: Phoenix College, at 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, in the John Paul Theatre

When: May 1, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Hispanic Convocation

Where: Phoenix Convention Center, at 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, in the South Ballroom

When: May 2, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • African American Convocation

Where: Phoenix College, at 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, in the Bulpitt Auditorium

When: May 3, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • LGBTQ+ Convocation

Where: Phoenix College, at 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, in the John Paul Theatre

When: May 3, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Convocation

Where: Rio Salado Community College, at 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, in the conference center.

When: May 4, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Veterans Convocation

Where: South Mountain Community College, located at 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, in the performing arts center

When: May 5, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  • Ability Maricopa Convocation

Where: Rio Salado Community College, at 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, in the conference center.

When: May 6, 2023, starting at 10 a.m.

Each of the convocation ceremonies are hosted by the MCCCD community engagement department, which creates specific groups to further the equality particular demographic.

This story was edited on 4/27/2023 to correct an error made at the time of publication. The “Ability Maricopa Convocation” occurs on May 6, which was not previously stated.

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