AWC 2017 Commencement [1]

Record Number of Degrees and Certificates to be Awarded

Yuma, AZ (May 8, 2017)-Arizona Western College, Northern Arizona-Yuma Branch Campus and University of Arizona announce the 2017 Commencement. The ceremony will take place at Veterans Memorial Stadium located at 7150 E. 24th Street, next to Gila Ridge High School, on Friday, May 19 at 8:00 PM.

AWC is proud to recognize a record number of degrees and certificates at this year’s Commencement Ceremony. This year 1155 degrees and 1224 certificates will be awarded.  Certificate recipients will be recognized in the Commencement Program only.

Here is the makeup of the 1155 degrees and 1224 certificates:

Associate of Arts- 705
Associate of Science-114
Associate of Applied Science-216
Associate of Business- 59
Associate of General Studies- 61
Occupational Certificates-548
AGEC Certificates-676

AWC’s Commencement Speaker Committee members have chosen Bianca Rollings to be this year’s speaker.  She was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She had always liked the arts, but when she got to high school she fell in love with theatre. When she wasn't on stage at AWC, she could be found in the Honors or Writing center hard at work. She was heavily involved in the AWC Theatre department, Pep Band, and the Honors Program. Thanks to AWC she grew not only a person but a scholar. She is graduating as an Honors student, President of Phi Theta Kappa, and an AWC writing tutor.

The AWC Foundation will also be hosting a graduation breakfast provided by The Chile Pepper to celebrate AWC Graduates on May 19th at Veterans Memorial Stadium immediately following commencement rehearsal at 8:45am.  Tents will be set up on the South side of the football field. The AWC Distinguished Alum will be introduced and they will provide words of wisdom for the graduates.

The Commencement will be livestreamed at and will also be broadcast live on AWC TV/Time Warner Cable Channel 74 at 8:00 PM. Commencement DVD copies will also be available for purchase through the AWC Foundation at

Nicole Harral
Director of Admissions/Registrar
Arizona Western College [3]
(928) 344-7600

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