Over 100 students will earn degrees & certificates during SMC graduation May 14

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - More than 100 degrees and certificates will be conferred upon students during the 2011 Central Arizona College Superstition Mountain Campus commencement ceremony on Sat., May 14.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the facility which is located at 2122 S. Goldfield Rd.

George Hoffman, city manager for the city of Apache Junction, will serve as the commencement speaker, while Sharon Maupin and Michelle Johnson have been selected as student speakers for the event.

Johnson is one of just 50 Coca Cola Scholarship winners from around the nation who also earned Arizona All-Academic honors this year.

Maupin's story is one of sheer inspiration and determination. She has taken on the task of stamping out illiteracy - at an age when most individuals are preparing for retirement.

Hoffman is a 1983 graduate of Miami University of Ohio where he received a bachelor's degree in public administration. He then earned a master's degree in public administration from Arizona State University in 1988. After completing ASU's certified public manager's program, Hoffman now serves as a course instructor at the university.

In 2005, Hoffman attended the Harvard University JFK School of Government's program for senior executives.

He has served on the board of the Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool, as president of the Arizona City County Management Association (ACMA), and as president of the Arizona Municipal Management Assistants Association. He currently serves on the board of directors of the East Valley Partnership.

During the graduation ceremony, CAC students will don a variety of medallions, tassels, stoles and colors signifying their accomplishments in the classroom.

Some students will graduate with honors after posting a minimum grade point average of 3.5, while several students will earn both a degree and certificate.

Students wearing gold medallions are graduates of the honors program while those wearing gold stoles are members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Students wearing blue cords are members of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.

Graduates wearing white tassels will receive associate of arts degrees, while gold tassels signify associate of science. Associate of business degree recipients sport drab tassels, associate of applied science students wear green, and those earning an associate of general studies degree don gray tassels. Students earning certificates have caps adorned with blue tassels.

The Superstition Mountain Campus will distribute 109 degrees and certificates to 105 students. Female graduates outnumber male graduates 82-23, with the oldest graduate crossing the stage in Apache Junction at the age of 63. The youngest graduate is 19 years old.

For the district, CAC will deliver 653 degrees and certificates to 616 students with 399 representing women. The oldest graduate is 71, while the youngest is just 17. Both students will graduate from at the Signal Peak Campus.

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