ASU Havasu graduates 29 students
On Saturday morning, a group of 29 ASU Havasu students prepared to move on to the next phase of their lives after receiving their bachelor degrees.
Master of Ceremonies and Campus Director Raymond Van Der Reit introduced keynote speaker Judge Mitchell Kalauli, who is Havasu’s municipal court judge.
A crowd of 450 family and friends of the graduates were present in the gymnasium for the commencement ceremony.
The graduates were Tara Andrews, Stephanie Huff, Ashley Imura, Kyla Kleman, Evan Riggert, Rafael Rodriguez, Alexandra Irvine, Lindsay Stevens, Mackenzie Mollohan, Kelsee Andrews, Dolores Baca, Kiara Sanchez-Arzate, Daniel Sconzo, Brian Wittington, Amber Beecher, Rhiannon Watkins, Samuel Miller, Nicole Brodie and Courtney Cutchall.
Also, Nicole Johns, Katherine Najera, Mariah Perea, Elijah Boecker, Nathaniel Klijewski, Tristan McCormick, Samantha Brooks, Maria Hernandez, Annie Mitchell and Johanna Svensk.
While pomp and circumstance were the foundation of the morning’s agenda, there were lighthearted moments as well.
“We continued our tradition of coordinating a secret for graduates, guests, faculty and staff,” said Kimberley Rome, ASU Havasu’s outreach specialist. “This year we had a flash mob perform at graduation. The music was to the theme of May 4, ‘May the force be with you,’” she said of the Star Wars-themed entertainment.
After summer break, ASU Havasu reopens for the fall semester during the third week of August, Rome said.