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PCC Chooses 2013 Commencement Speaker

May 7, 2013

 Joshua Allen Place was 16 when he took his first class at the College

Tucson, AZ – The commencement speaker for Pima Community College’s Class of 2013 has been attending PCC since he was 16 and will receive two associate degrees and one certificate at the May 16 Graduation ceremony.

Joshua Allen Place will receive a Computer-Aided Drafting, Integrated Circuit Layout Design-Associate of Applied Science degree, a General Studies-Associate General Studies degree and a Computer Aided Drafting Advanced Certificate.

Place is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and, with his 3.9 grade point average, is one of only 73 PCC graduation candidates with a GPA of 3.9 or higher, qualifying to graduate with highest honors.

Place was selected from a pool of more than one dozen applicants, who underwent a rigorous application process that included an interview and delivery of a proposed speech.

The 20 year old works at a pottery studio in Amado. He has been home schooled all of his life and plans to pursue his goal of becoming a full-time integrated circuit layout designer immediately after graduation.

“Texas Instruments and Intel are at the top of my list,” he says.

Read articles in the Green Valley News and Aztec Press about multifaceted Joshua Allen Place.

  • What: Pima Community College 2013 Graduation ceremony          
  • When: 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Where: Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.
  • Details: The student speaker may be available for interviews in advance upon request, as well as at the event.

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