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PCC’s 2014 Commencement Speaker an Aspiring Teacher

May 13, 2014

Athanasia Chalkiopoulos is earning an AGEC-A and Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts degree

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College’s Graduation Committee has chosen an aspiring high school history teacher as the student speaker for its May 22 Graduation ceremony at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Athanasia Chalkiopoulos is receiving an Arizona General Education Curriculum-Arts Certificate and an Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts degree. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in secondary education at The University of Arizona.

“Teaching history is emphasizing how the past affects the future,” Chalkiopoulos said. “High school is a critical time for young adults because most of the decisions that they and/or their parents make – for better or for worse – generally will determine their path in life.”

Chalkiopoulos encourages her peers to not be over-reliant on the Internet and instead be more involved with their communities and cultivate friendships in person. She said that as a teacher she wants to promote high ideals and inspire students to become confident, competent and conscientious citizens.

“I see (being commencement speaker) as a final challenge to completing my degree by thanking PCC with a commendable speech that will reinforce esteem for our school and will illuminate diversity, which is the theme of our graduating class,” she said.

Chalkiopoulos is featured in the student newspaper Aztec Press.

The College has a record 3,791 graduation candidates this year. This is the third year in a row for a record graduation class.

  • What: Pima Community College 2014 Graduation ceremony         
  • When: 7 p.m., Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Where: Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.
  • Details: Web page for Graduation

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850