MCC hosts drive-through graduation celebration

MESA, Arizona – Dec.17, 2020 – Mesa Community College hosts a drive-through graduation celebration to honor its 2,645 2019-2020 graduates. The celebration, postponed from May 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, will honor more than 100 recent alumni as they pass through a reception line at the college’s Southern and Dobson Campus (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa).Thor the Thunderbird Graduate

“We are saddened that we were not able to give all our May 2020 graduates the in-person ceremony they deserve,” MCC Interim President Dr. Lori Berquam said. “We are glad, however, that we were able to honor their hard work in a safe format today in this very joyful drive-through celebration.”

The largest number of associate's degrees bestowed this year are in Networking System Administration, Business, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Caterpillar Technology Training and Computer Information Systems.

The top certificates of completion are from the Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter Operations, Police Science, Nursing Assisting, Welding and Real Estate programs.

Graduates and their friends and family are encouraged to share their achievements and future goals on social media using #mesacc2020grad.

2019-20 MCC Graduation Statistics

Number of individuals earning a degree or industry certificate, for the summer, fall and spring semesters: 2,645.

AAS -- Associate in Applied Science degrees: 580

AA -- Associate in Arts degree: 1,074

AAEE -- Associate in Arts, Elementary Education degree: 45

AA, FA - Dance -- Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Dance degree: 1

AA, FA- Arts -- Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Arts degree: 14

AA, FA - Theatre -- Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Theatre degree: 6

AB-GR -- Associate in Business - General Requirements degrees: 174

AB-SR-- Associate in Business-Special Requirements degrees: 23

AGEC- Arizona General Education Curriculum - Arts certificates: 1,153

AGEC- Arizona General Education Curriculum - Business certificates: 196

AGEC- Arizona General Education Curriculum - Science certificates: 212

AGS - Associate in General Studies degree: 140

AS- Associate in Science degree: 216

CCL- Certificate of Completion: 820

AC - Academic Certificates: 22

AAS - Nursing - 199

AAS - Emergency Response and Operations - 28

Each Mesa Community College student has a unique story to tell about the journey to graduation day. A few stories from the college’s diverse student body are shared online ( to help inspire others to pursue or persist in obtaining a college education.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC,, 480-461-7892

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 community colleges in the United States and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online and at its two campuses and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body, including more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries, who enrich campus learning experiences. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit

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Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2020