A Message from President Smith to the Rio Salado Class of 2020


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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Rio Salado President Kate Smith congratulates 2019 dual enrollment graduates.
Rio Salado President Kate takes photo with a 2019 graduate receiving his diploma.

Dear Graduates,

Congratulations on your extraordinary success and welcome to our Rio Salado Class of 2020 alumni family!  We are immensely proud of your accomplishments. Your determination to complete your educational goals is a testament to your dedication, perseverance and commitment to higher learning.

Like you, we were eagerly awaiting this graduation day— to watch you cross the stage, hand you your diploma and congratulate you in person. While COVID-19 has interfered with our plans, we are determined to celebrate your success by hosting our first virtual commencement celebration in your honor tonight. We look forward to recognizing and celebrating you.

Graduation day is our favorite day of the year because nothing gives us more pride than seeing students successfully reach their goals.

Your success, in light of these extraordinarily challenging times, has been a great source of inspiration to our Rio Salado family. We are honored to be of service to you and your family and to celebrate this special day with you.

We encourage you to share your Rio pride and accomplishments by using #RioGrad and #Classof2020.

Here’s to You, Rio Salado Grad!

Kate Smith
Interim President
Rio Salado College

Our virtual graduation ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. We hope you can join us!