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ASU downtown Phoenix campus graduates 730 students, Dec. 18

null[Source: Arizona State University] — About 5,000 ASU students will receive a holiday present next week, as they take home their degrees from ASU’s commencement Dec. 18.  The ceremony will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.  On hand to receive their degrees will be about 730 graduates from the downtown Phoenix campus — including 267 nurses — and about 965 from the West campus, plus another 520 from the Polytechnic campus and 3,000 from Tempe.

Individual colleges and schools also will have their own smaller convocation ceremonies, including the following colleges and schools located in downtown Phoenix:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

  • 2 PM ~ College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, Phoenix Convention Center

Thursday, December 18, 2008

  • 4:30 PM ~ Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Phoenix Convention Center
  • 5 PM ~ College of Public Programs, Orpheum Theatre

Downtown Phoenix dorms deter ASU dropout dilemma?

David Wallace/The Arizona Republic, Students at downtown campus[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — This week, hundreds of downtown Phoenix students will kick back in Arizona State University’s latest weapon to prevent college dropouts: new dorms.

ASU is trying to lift the university’s 78 percent freshman-retention rate to 90 percent, said Debra Friedman, vice president of the downtown Phoenix campus.

The battle to keep students, especially freshman, is being waged in some form on all ASU campuses. On Wednesday, students began moving into Taylor Place, a $150 million dorm complex at 120 E. Taylor St. in downtown Phoenix.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]