53rd Commencement


Cochise College will hold its 53rd commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. May 11 on the Sierra Vista Campus.

Students completing their first and second years of the nursing program will participate in a pinning ceremony at the campus the evening prior.

This year, Cochise College will award approximately 1500 diplomas for the current academic year, and about 300 students are expected to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Live online streaming, accessed at the Cochise College website, will allow friends and relatives to see everything from the processional to the last graduate crossing the stage.

GradImages will photograph all graduates at the commencement ceremony. Graduates should visit the GradImages website and click Pre-Event Email Registration to enter their email addresses and up to six emails of loved ones who would like to view and order photos. Students who register their information before commencement on May 11 can get $5 off on orders of $25 or more. After graduation, order online at GradImages or call (800) 261-2576.

The student speakers at commencement will be Cody Jenkins and Angie Covarrubias. Cody Jenkins is a 2018 All-Arizona Community College Academic First Team Recipient from the Sierra Vista Campus and a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. He has been actively involved on campus as the treasurer for the Sierra Vista Student Government Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  Graduating with an Associate of Science degree he will be transferring to the Arizona State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Angie Covarrubias is a 2018 All-Arizona Community College Academic Second Team Recipient from the Sierra Vista Campus. She has been actively involved on campus as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Graduating with an Associate of Science degree she will be transferring to the University of Arizona majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

The pinning ceremony recognizing this year’s nursing class will begin at 7 p.m. May 10 on the Sierra Vista Campus. Almost 200 students will participate, with first-year students recognized for earning certification and second-year students honored for earning their Associate of Applied Science degree, making them eligible to take the exam to become a registered nurse.

Motorists should be aware of heavier-than-usual traffic in the area. All traffic will enter the Sierra Vista Campus, located on Colombo Ave., through the north entrance, follow the loop around campus, and exit through the south entrance. Commencement exercises begin at 7 p.m., but the campus will begin to fill with cars around 5 p.m. A Sierra Vista police officer will be onsite directing traffic beginning at 8 p.m.