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City Colleges of Chicago Graduation Marks Largest Class in More than Two Decades

5/3/2013 4:00 AM

WHO:     Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor    
              Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Keynote Speaker           
              Claudia Guaita, Valedictorian Speaker for City Colleges of Chicago Class of 2013                          
              Thousands of City Colleges graduates and their families      

WHEN:   Friday, May 3, 2013    
              Media Interviews begin at 2 p.m.       
              Ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.      

WHERE: UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine (at Harrison), Chicago       
              Media Entrance: Guest Services between Gates 2 & 3 on Harrison Side                             

WHAT: City Colleges of Chicago’s Class of 2013 Graduation Ceremony with feature keynote speaker Lt. Gov.     
            Sheila Simon. The record graduating class includes a wide range of students from recent high school     
            grads to working mothers and 60-year old veterans to mid-life career-changers.      

            Approximately 4,000 students are expected to earn an associate’s degree at City Colleges this year, the   
            largest number in more than two decades. It is a nearly 60 percent increase since the launch of College  
            to Careers in 2011 and a nearly 80 percent increase since the City Colleges Reinvention initiative began.  
           Overall, City Colleges expects to see a 12 percent graduation rate, the highest in more than a decade.        

            This week Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon met with students from City Colleges of Chicago’s Class of 2013 in  
            advance of delivering the keynote address at the CCC Commencement. Lt Gov. Simon has worked to  
            improve outcomes for community college students across Illinois and she shares City Colleges of  
            Chicago’s commitment to ensuring students have quality, affordable education options that offer clear 
            pathways to success.    

            City Colleges Valedictorian speaker Claudia Guaita, 42, studied nursing at City Colleges and is   
            graduating with an Associate in Applied Science. An immigrant from Chile, Guaita plans to take the 
            licensure examination this summer to become a registered nurse.      

Call Media Relations Manager Ana Vargas to schedule student interviews beginning at 2 p.m.: (312) 553-2788 

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Ana Vargas