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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:00 pm

More than 3,000 students are expected to be graduated from Pima Community College in a ceremony at 7 p.m., May 20 at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.

Cecilia Muñoz, deputy assistant to the president and White House director of intergovernmental affairs, will deliver remarks during the graduation ceremonies, which are free and open to the public.

Also attending the ceremony will be Juan Sepúlveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

According to PCC, the total number of degrees and certificates expected to be awarded reached 4,658 for the 3,144 candidates. Many PCC students earn more than one certificate and/or degree.

Notable facts about PCC's graduation include:

• The oldest candidate is 71-year-old Wanda L. Gioe. The youngest is 16-year-old David A. Williams. Each earned an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts.

• Female candidates numbered 1,746; male candidates, 1,398.

• The number of candidates with a grade-point average of better than 3.90 and meeting the requirements for graduation with highest honors was 63, or 2 percent of the graduating class.

• The programs with highest number of graduates, listed from first to fifth: 741 liberal arts, 419 general studies, 238 business, 236 nursing and 166 science.

• The top five degrees and certificates to be awarded are 1,309 Arizona General Education certifications, 741 Associate of Arts, 740 Certificate program, 678 Associate of Applied Science and 375 Associate of General Studies.

PCC serves more than 75,000 students annually and is the eighth largest community college in the United States.

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