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The Maricopa County Community College District is canceling in-person graduation ceremonies in April and May “to protect the health of MCCCD graduates, their families and friends, and faculty and staff.”

The district’s 10 schools include Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale and Glendale and Paradise Valley community colleges.

“We are as disappointed as you with this development,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, interim chancellor. 

“Commencements and the surrounding celebrations are the best events of our year, so it was not an easy decision to make; but we must put health and safety first, adhering to the direction state and local governments have given.”

MCCCD is exploring other options to bring together its district’s graduates and their families at a later date when groups can celebrate without health and safety concerns.

For updates, visit maricopa.edu/coronavirus.