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Share Your Story at Graduation

Apply to be the 2021 Student Commencement Speaker

Spring has arrived in the desert, which means great weather, clear blue skies and a fast-approaching graduation season. 

2018-student-commencement-speakerOn May 19, Pima will host its second annual virtual graduation ceremony, celebrating 2021 graduates. Even though we will miss being in person with the Pima family, virtual graduation will feature videos and photos of graduates, guest speakers and a student commencement speech to showcase you and your family’s achievements.

Want to participate in graduation? Apply to be the 2021 student commencement speaker by March 12. You can also share your videos and photos to be included in the ceremony now through May 7.

As we prep for this year's graduation, check out highlights from Jean Steve Mfuranzima’s 2018 graduation speech to get into the celebratory spirit.

Student Commencement Speech Highlights 

Jean came to Tucson from Burundi in 2014 as an asylum seeker and refugee. He graduated with honors from Pima in 2018 and served as an Exemplary Student Leader and Pima Student Senator for East Campus. At the 2018 graduation ceremony, Jean shared his story with fellow Pima graduates, and his words of hope and perseverance still ring true today. 

On overcoming challenges: 

“We can raise our heads high for we have overcome the challenges life threw at us in the past years. It has not been easy, but we have reached the end of this hurdle. It is also the beginning of new ones, and I want to encourage you never to relent. Use the same spirit that you have shown, the sacrifices you have made, the sleepless nights you have endured. My friends, this is our ticket to our next destination.”

On the power of education: 

“[As] President Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” A transformative and sacrificial education is a candle that will light our paths when darkness shows its ugly face. It is the key that will open doors that would otherwise be locked. Education strengthens hope, and this is what Pima Community College provided us.”

On life after graduation: 

“When I think of our 2018 class, I remember a diverse community of hard workers, a family, a community that has a certain responsibility and mission. As we walk off into the world, let us not forget the responsibility that we carry both as members of this community and as citizens of the world.”

Apply to be the Student Commencement Speaker

Want to share your story with the Pima family? Toss your hat in the ring and apply to be the 2021 commencement speaker by March 12.

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