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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:47 am

The largest graduating class in Pima Community College history will receive degrees and certificates on May 16.

A total of 3,726 students are candidates for graduation at this year’s commencement ceremony – 102 more than last year’s record.

“Once again, this year’s commencement is one for the record books,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Jerry Migler. “It’s a testament to our graduates’ love of learning, as well as to the work of the College’s faculty and staff, who provide the instruction and services that put our students on the path to success.”

The oldest Pima graduate is 70-year-old Enriqueta E. Fassler, who earned a post-degree Paralegal Certificate. The youngest is 17-year-old Stephania Vasilieva, a candidate for an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, an Associate of Science, Associate of Business Administration, and Arizona General Education Curriculum-B Certification.

Pima expects to award 5,807 degrees and certificates this year – another record. Many PCC students earn more than one degree or certificate. See the attached 2013 Class Profile for more details.

Graduation 2013 is Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.

Class of 2013: Quick Facts

3,726: Total number of Pima Community College candidates for graduation on May 16, 2013

Oldest graduate: Enriqueta E. Fassler, 70 (post-degree Paralegal Certificate)

Youngest graduate: Stephania Vasilieva, 17 (Liberal Arts-Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Associate of Business Administration; and Arizona General Education Curriculum-B certification)

2,044: female candidates for graduation§

1,559: male candidates for graduation§

5,807: Total number of degrees and certificates to be awarded (Many PCC students earn more than one certificate and/or degree)

73: graduation candidates (2 percent) graduating with highest honors (grade point average greater than 3.90)

§ Some students do not indicate a gender when completing their application form.

Degrees and Certificates to be Awarded:

Arizona General Education Certifications: 1,558

Associate of Science: 231

Certificate Program: 1,181

Associate of Business: 206

Associate of Arts: 981

Advanced Certificates: 128

Associate of Applied Science: 944

Associate of Fine Arts: 28

Associate of General Studies: 506

Associate of Applied Arts: 18

Arizona General Education Certifications: 1558


Associate Degree Programs with Most Graduation Candidates*

Liberal Arts: 835

Visual and Performing Arts: 28

General Studies: 486

Digital Arts: 27

Business: 239

Computer Aided Drafting: 26

Nursing: 237

Engineering: 25

Science: 233

Building & Construction Technology: 25

Social Services: 73

Respiratory Care: 22

Administration of Justice Studies: 72

Dental Hygiene: 21

Systems Administration/Networking: 59

Radiologic Technology: 21

Early Childhood Studies: 48

Digital & Film Arts: 20

Fire Science: 41

Health Information Technology: 18

Accounting: 39

Aviation Technology: 18

Culinary Arts: 35

Emergency Medical Technology: 33

Paralegal: 33

* PCC has more than 65 associate degree programs; all other degree programs within the college are graduating 15 or fewer students with associate degrees.

Class of 2013 Ethnic Composition

1,550: Caucasian

937: Hispanic

836: Multiracial, other or not reported

118: African-American

111: Asian-American

105: American Indian

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