Central Arizona College graduated 681 students this school year.
In a press release, CAC stated that the graduates earned a total of 828 degrees and certificates. The oldest person awarded a degree or certificate was 74, while the youngest was 17. Ten students graduated from both CAC and high school as members of the class of 2023.
Since CAC’s first graduating class in May 1970, the college has awarded a total of 27,747 degrees and certificates to 20,051 individuals.
Four students were selected to address the recent CAC graduation:
Sevasti Silvia was named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and an All-Arizona Academic Team Gold Scholar. She served as the Phi Theta Kappa chapter president for two terms, was vice president of the Southern District of Arizona and was on the Phi Theta Kappa regional board for one term. Her career goal is to work for the United Nations as a diplomat.
Favian Gutierrez served as a 2022 TRIO Summer Bridge peer mentor for incoming CAC students. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he was an office assistant for the CAC TRIO program. While focusing on his academics, he also gave back to his community by volunteering as a TRIO SSS student at St. Mary’s Food Bank and at Feed My Starving Children as a member of CAC’s Christian Challenge Club. He plans to transfer to the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in the fall.
Robert Serrano was an All-Arizona Academic Team Scholar and received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. While at CAC, he served as the Phi Theta Kappa chapter vice president of college project and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Serrano recently earned a summer research position with the University of Massachusetts Research for Undergrads program. He will transfer to ASU's Barrett Honors Program starting in the fall.
Although unable to attend, Tyrese Marques Johnson was also recognized. As an international student-athlete, he navigated the transition to college life after coming to the desert to pursue baseball. While attending classes at CAC, he was able to explore his academic development and bridge his experience into the educational opportunities available to him.