Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, will celebrate their largest-ever number of graduates at their nineteenth annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, 2015.

This year’s more than 480 graduates and candidates will be represented by students from the fall 2014 through summer 2015 semesters. There is approximately 100 more students choosing to participate in this commencement compared to last year’s ceremony.

EMCC has been focused on developing new initiatives over the past couple of years, such as the Student Success Fair, based on the theme of “I will graduate” to inspire students to personalize and “own” their individual academic and career goals.

The college’s motto of “Your success is our success” is more than words; it has been the driving force of the EMCC student experience. Students, faculty and staff have been working together to create a culture of success and caring, now and for the future.

The 2015 graduation theme, Teaching for Today. Learning for Tomorrow. Caring for a Lifetime., was selected in honor of the late Dr. Bryan K. Tippett, EMCC Vice President of Academic Affairs, who believed higher education should be more than just about teaching.

The EMCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 15, at 6:00 p.m., at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel, located at 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., next to the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, AZ.