Arapahoe Community College's 2013 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday morning, May 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Orchard Road Christian Center at 8081 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.
Plenty of seating will be available, and graduates are encouraged to invite as many guests as they would like. Tickets are not required, and the ceremony typically lasts about 1 ½ hours. Additional instructions will be sent to graduating students the week before the ceremony.
This year's featured speaker will be ACC writing faculty Josie Mills. Mills began her eighth year at Arapahoe Community College in the fall of 2012 and has taught for over 20 years, including stints at the University of Denver and Community College of Aurora from 1990-2000. Mills developed and guided ACC’s new Contemporary Journalism program, and she currently serves on the College Prep Task Force. Furthermore, Mills received a Distinguished Faculty award from ACC in 2010. Mills served as a journalistic advisor for ACC’s now-defunct student newspaper, Arapahoe Avenue, in 2009, as well as a Selector for the Colorado Book Awards from 2008-09. She has helped judge a variety of poetry and literary contests, including ACC’s Writers Studio Literary Contest (2007), the Colorado Lawyer Poetry Contest (2007) and the Jefferson County Reflections Contest (2007-08). In 2004, Mills garnered a Student Life Award for outstanding involvement and contributions to student life at DU. Mills earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Humanities, as well as an M.A. in English, from the University of South Florida before completing her doctorate (Philosophy in English) at DU.
The student speaker at ACC's 2013 commencement ceremony will be Aaron Rauscher, President of ACC's Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. During the 2012-13 school year, Rauscher was a Phi Theta Kappa International Vice Presidential candidate (Division IV) and participated in the CLIMB (Colorado Leadership Institute: Motivation and Beyond) regional leadership development program. He also serves as the President of the Alchemy Society and is a Peer Tutor in the Student Success Center. Rauscher is currently pursuing his Associate of Science degree and plans to transfer into the engineering program at either Colorado State University or Colorado School of Mines.
For more information, please contact Graduation Coordinator Eric Rogers at email@example.com or 303.797.5630.