City Colleges of Chicago Celebrates the Resiliency of Nearly 1,700 Graduates

Photo caption: Mayor Lightfoot and City Colleges of Chicago Board Trustee Darrell Williams join City Colleges of Chicago graduation procession
for the first in-person graduation in two years.
Photo caption: Mayor Lightfoot and City Colleges of Chicago Board Trustee Darrell Williams join City Colleges of Chicago graduation procession for the first in-person graduation in two years.

City Colleges of Chicago Celebrates the Resiliency of Nearly 1,700 Graduates

CHICAGO — City Colleges of Chicago students often conquer obstacles in pursuit of their education, and these last two years have been especially challenging. The resilience and persistence of City Colleges students was on full display Sunday, May 1, 2022,
as Chicago’s future walked across the stage to receive the well-earned associate degrees they completed during the pandemic. After two years of virtual graduations, the 2022 City Colleges of Chicago Commencement Ceremony was held in-person at Wintrust Arena and featured two ceremonies with all seven colleges. Nearly 1,700 graduates walked the stage to receive their diplomas, including members of the Class of 2022, 2021 and 2020. Graduates shared their stories of resilience and success. In total, City Colleges of Chicago awarded 3,520 associate degrees in 2022.

“The degrees that each of this year’s graduates have earned are truly the embodiment of both their talents and resilience, as well as the excellence of City Colleges of Chicago,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “I have no doubt that they will return to their communities as leaders, innovators, advocates and change-makers. I am proud of them and excited to see how they
continue to strengthen our great city and our country.”

“We know how hard each student worked to finish their degrees and we are thankful to be able to recognize their efforts, in-person with a great celebration,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor of
City Colleges of Chicago. “Our graduates truly reflect Chicago and all its strength and diversity. They are mothers and fathers, husbands and wives and partners, community volunteers and military service members, immigrants and life-long Chicagoans. They are the backbone of our great city and the leaders of
tomorrow.”

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) aims to put every student on the path to upward mobility by giving students access to a quality education and ensures their success by providing them with the
support to complete their program and move on to further education or a career. To learn more, read City Colleges of Chicago 2021-2025 Strategic Framework and Plans.

Watch all the excitement and at any time by viewing the recorded ceremonies visit, www.ccc.edu/graduation.

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