2014 Commencement Ceremony

Date and Time:
- 09:00am
Orchard Road Christian Center (Greenwood Village)

Arapahoe Community College's 2014 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday morning, May 17, 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 Biology Professor Dr. Nia Bauer, and the student speaker will be John Whatley, President of ACC's Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Bauer, who was was selected as ACC's 2013-14 Faculty Member of the Year, is now in her sixth year as a biology professor at the College.  The founding advisor of ACC’s Sustainability Club, Bauer also serves as the principal investigator of ACC’s S-STEM National Science Foundation Grant, as well as the STEM Coach for Englewood High School (through a Race to the Top grant).  Bauer’s teaching experience, which spans 15 years, also includes positions at Umpqua Community College (2001-06), the University of Oregon (2003) and Front Range Community College (2007-08).  Bauer earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of San Dr. Nia Bauer and John WhatleyDiego before going on to complete her Ph.D. from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Bauer resides in Broomfield with her husband, Brent, and daughters Olivia (11) and Charlotte (9).

Whatley began his career at ACC in the fall of 2012 and plans to graduate with his Associate of Science (General) in December 2014.  Whatley currently holds the position of President for ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (the International Honor Society for two-year colleges) and is also a member of the President’s Student Advisory Board.  A STEM Scholarship recipient (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Whatley plans to continue his education at Colorado School of Mines (biochemistry) upon graduating from ACC.  In the fall of 2013, Whatley garnered honorable mention recognition for his submission in the Speak Peace poetry contest.  He currently holds two jobs, working for Starbucks Coffee Company, as well as in the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at ACC.  Whatley plans to pursue a career as a molecular biologist and vaccine engineer.

For more information, please contact Graduation Coordinator Eric Rogers at eric.rogers@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5630.