More than 2000 students to earn credentials
Glendale Community College’s 49th-annual commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 9 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Family and friends will gather to celebrate academic achievement. GCC President Irene Kovala will preside over the ceremony and introduce dignitaries, exceptional students and the Class of 2014.
Wendy Respardo, President of the GCC Associated Student Government, will speak at the event.
The cohort of GCC students celebrating commencement will include many interesting and accomplished individuals, including:
A presidential scholarship originally helped Alexandra pay for college. She maintained the scholarship – along with a 3.9 GPA – and will be transferring to ASU this coming fall.
Initially, when she applied to ASU, she was told her high school did not qualify her for college entrance. This news did not stop her; she proceeded to take the GED test and passed with outstanding results. She was accepted not only by ASU, but also the U of A.
Alexandra will be the first college graduate in her family. She plans to go on to master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, and eventually, to work as a neuropsychologist with elderly Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. Her persistence is an inspiration.
Jeremiah recently earned an associate degree in Exercise Science and Personal Training. This fall, he’ll transfer to ASU in the Exercise and Wellness program.
While at GCC, Jeremiah worked at the Adaptive Fitness Center, where he started as an intern. Little did he know how that experience would shape his future career goals.
With a passion for getting to know people and serving others, Jeremiah’s dream is to open his own adaptive center to help senior citizens, disabled people – and especially, children – to be able to move, to be in community and to be healthy.
Wendy, the student speaker at commencement, has made GCC her second home. She has served as president of Associated Student Government and on committees for Civility Week and the giving campaign.
Wendy has been a member of Phi-Theta-Kappa and M.E.Ch.A. She has facilitated Hispanic cultural events and has mentored new students. In 2012, she was honored with a “40 Under 40” Hispanic Leaders scholarship. She participated in the student public policy forum and served as a student representative for the 104th Arizona Town Hall.
She will be receiving an Associate in Science and an Associate in Arts. Wendy’s next step is ASU, and her ultimate career goal is to work as a hospital pharmacist.
As a divorced mother of four, two with autism, Daphne has dedicated her life to helping others.
Daphne has accepted a full scholarship from the Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation to ASU, where she plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in Public Services and Policy. Her career goal is to advocate for marginalized citizens: women, children, individuals with disabilities, and the poor. She dreams of starting a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering families of individuals with disabilities to receive the services they need to become productive citizens.
With her determination, vision and dedication, Daphne is a role model for all.
Anderious came from the Middle East, speaking little English. He has a maintained a 3.0 GPA while working two jobs. In addition, he has taken part in science and engineering activities at GCC; his participation in the Science Festival garnered recognition from Arizona SciTech.
After earning a degree in Computer Information Systems from GCC, he plans to transfer to the University of Arizona to pursue Management Information Systems and Environmental Science. He looks forward to one day working for a science technology lab and helping to solve big problems, like global warming.
Congratulations to these and all our students who are celebrating commencement this spring!