MCC recognizes accomplishments of more than 2,300 graduates

MESA, Arizona – May 5, 2017 – On May 12, Mesa Community College (MCC) will recognize the accomplishments of 2,348 graduates by issuing 4,553 degrees and certificates for the 2016-17 academic year at a commencement ceremony in the courtyard of MCC’s Southern and Dobson campus.

Donning blue caps and gowns, 592 graduates will participate in the ceremony, beginning with the processional at 7:15 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30 p.m. The general public is invited to the ceremony.

MCC issues Associate’s Degrees as well as Certificates of Completion. Programs issuing the largest  number of Associate’s Degrees this year are the Nursing, Elementary Education, Network System Administration and Emergency Response and Operation.  

During 2016-17, female graduates outnumbered male graduates,  1,247 and 1,076 respectively, with 10 transgender students and 17 unspecified.

2016-17 Graduation Statistics:
Total number of graduates for the summer, fall and spring semesters:  2,348
Graduates participating in the commencement ceremony: 592
Number of degrees and certificates issued: 4,553

Degree and Certificate Awards - Transfer
Associate in Arts Degrees - 1,120
Associate in Arts - Elementary Education - 40   
Associate in Arts - Fine Arts Degrees - 16
Associate in Business - General - 138
Associate in Business - Special Requirements - 29
Associate in General Studies - 227
Associate in Science Degrees - 211
Arizona General Education Curriculum Certificates (AGEC) - Arts - 1,179
Arizona General Education Curriculum Certificates (AGEC) - Business - 171
Arizona General Education Curriculum Certificates (AGEC) - Science - 213
Academic Certificates - 37

Degree and Certificate Awards - Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) - 613
Certificates of Completion (CCL) - 562

Top 3 CTE Degrees
AAS in Nursing - 178
AAS in Emergency Response and Operation - 48
AAS in Network System Administration - 37

Additional information about MCC’s Graduation Ceremony, including maps, parking, photography and special accommodations is available online at Although every graduate has a tale to tell of the path that led them to this special moment, we’ve shared a few success stories here:

MCC students are encouraged to sign the Green Graduation Pledge to help encourage sustainability in the workplace as they join more than 1,000,000 students entering the workforce.

We congratulate the many students reaching this significant milestone in their lives.

Commencement photos will be posted online at: and


Contact Dawn Zimmer, 480-461-7892,

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized 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 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 195 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. MCC is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience . Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and globally. MCC, located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information, visit

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA)

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


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Publication Date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017