CGCC Celebrates 20th Commencement Ceremony

The 2011 CGCC Commencement Ceremonies will be held on the evening of Friday, May 13, on the CGCC Pecos Campus.

An evening of celebration is planned to honor students and their families, and to recognize the hard work and dedication that it took for students to earn their degrees and certificates.

A reception with music and light refreshments will be held for students and their families prior to the ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Pavilion. The formal ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. CGCC student May Phong was selected to address fellow graduates during the ceremony.

More than 875 students will graduate this month with 953 certificates and degrees.

"Commencement does not mean the end, it means the beginning.  All of our graduates have worked hard to achieve their goal of a college degree or certificate and they are now ready to begin the next chapter of their lives as they move forward to the many opportunities that lay before them," said CGCC President Dr. Linda Lujan.  "They are well-prepared thanks to the dedicated efforts of our faculty and staff, and we are delighted to celebrate their accomplishments."

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Congratulations to CGCC engineering students, who placed first in two separate events at this year’s Avnet Tech Games.  Nearly 190 students from Arizona community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the annual competition, presented by Microsoft on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.


Students Austin Staheli, Sean Herring, and Zach Hipps, sponsored by adjunct faculty Elie Chmouni, placed first in the “Green Video Competition.”  Student teams created a short video promoting the environmental initiatives at their college. This event combined video production skills, environmental awareness, and marketing skills.  Fourteen universities from across the nation competed, and CGCC was the only community college to participate. 

Kevin Reed, Nick Oliver, and Jarrod Cole, sponsored by engineering faculty Bassam Matar, placed first in the “Design and Build a Digital Device” competition.  Students had four hours to design and build a digital electronic device to achieve a specific set of criteria given to the students on the day of the event, as well as write and present a technical report.


This annual multidisciplinary onsite technology competition, composed of nine separate events, requires students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills.  Each winning student received a $1,000 scholarship.



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