Commencements Canceled

Published Thursday, March 26 at 8:00am

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities is our top priority.

These past few weeks have been unlike anything we’ve experienced before. I am profoundly impressed with how our ten Colleges and District Office have pulled together to address this unprecedented situation. The speed with which our faculty and staff have adapted to deliver instruction and student support services remotely is a testament to the quality, commitment and talent of our Maricopa family.

Based on the input of public health professionals, our faculty leadership, and members of the Chancellor’s Executive Committee, I have determined that in the interest of safety, we are canceling all Commencement and Convocation ceremonies planned for April and May 2020.

We know this is extremely disappointing. This was not an easy decision to make, but we must put health and safety first, adhering to the direction from Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health.

We know that Commencement and Convocation celebrations are incredibly important milestones in the lives of our students, as is the opportunity to celebrate the success of our graduates with their families, friends and loved ones. While the ceremonies in May are canceled, we are exploring other options to bring together our graduates and their families in other venues when we can celebrate without health and safety concerns.

We will continue to keep you informed of new developments and new actions as they are taken. Please continue to visit our site, maricopa.edu/coronavirus, as we update frequently with the latest information and advisories.

Steven