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César Chávez Academy High School
Commencement - Class of 2023

Huntington Place on Friday, June 9, 2023

César Chávez Academy High Schools' 19th Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, June 9th, in Huntington Place at 5:00 p.m. Please note that doors open at 4:00 pm and close for public access promptly by 4:50.

The ceremony will feature the conferral of diplomas, greetings by the school and district administrators, remarks by student speakers, and the keynote address by the Commencement keynote speaker.

 

Families and guests are welcome to attend. Each graduate receives ten (10) tickets and can request more if needed. Special Guest, please reserve by emailing questions@chavezwaterman.com

Speakers

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Laura Saavedra

Keynote Speaker

Laura Saavedra has served as a higher education professional for over fourteen years working at multiple post-secondary institutions in several functional areas across Ohio and Michigan. Currently, she serves as the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, GEAR UP Program Director for the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), housed within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this role and alongside her talented team, she is excited to lead an evidence-based, data-informed organizational framework and program design that will support CEO's strategic plan to significantly increase college access and success outcomes across the State of Michigan.

Throughout her career, she has been committed to ensuring equitable pathways of opportunity through advocating for and empowering underrepresented, first generation, and historically marginalized student groups. In addition to being a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Laura is a proud second generation Mexican-American, first-generation college graduate, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and she has made this work her life’s mission because she wholeheartedly believes in the transformative power of a higher education. 

Event Information

Parking Information

Currently, Huntington Place has 4,196 parking spaces available for a fee ($20.00) paid by credit card only on a first come first serve basis at the Roof Deck parking, Washington Blvd. Garage, the Huntington Place Congress Street Garage and in the Joe Louis Garage.  Huntington Place is not responsible for items left in vehicles parked in Huntington Place garages.

All parking areas in Huntington Place have handicapped parking spaces and wheelchair accessible facility access. All parking areas accept credit card only as payment. Please arrive prepared. 

source: https://www.huntingtonplacedetroit.com/parking

Graduate, Faculty & Staff​

 

  • Graduates must arrive at Huntington Place by 1:00 pm, dressed and ready to practice.

    • Bring your cap, gown, tassel, cords, pin, medal, and other regalia accessories.​

    • Eat lunch before arriving at Huntington. Light snacks will be available. 

    • Report to holding room 140ABC.

    • Do NOT bring backpacks! 

  • Faculty & Staff

    • Faculty & Staff must arrive at Huntington Place by 4:00 pm, dressed and ready to go.

    • Bring your graduation gown (required) and other regalia accessories (optional).​

    • Report to holding room 140ABC. 

  • Where do graduates report to?
    Graduates will report to Room Holding Room 140ABC at 1 pm.
  • What time do graduates arrive?
    Graduates must arrive at Huntington Place by 1 pm.
  • What do graduates need to bring to Commencement?
    Graduates must arrive at Huntington Place by 1:00 pm, dressed and ready to practice. Bring your cap, gown, tassel, cords, pin, medal, and other regalia accessories.​ Eat lunch before arriving at Huntington. Light snacks will be available. Do NOT bring backpacks!
  • Can I bring balloons for my graduate?
    NO, all balloons will be confiscated by Huntington security.
  • What time does Commencement begin?
    Commencement begins at 5 pm. Doors open at 4 pm, with Mariachi playing from 4 pm to 5 pm.
  • What time do doors open?
    Doors open at 4 pm. Mariachi will be playing from 4pm to 5 pm.
  • Is there assigned seating?
    There is NO assigned seating for general admissions. However, there is assigned seating for CCA Scholars guests.
  • How can I get tickets?
    If you are graduating senior, should have received 10 tickets in your graduation box. If you need more, email Mr. Guerrero at agf@chavezwaterman.com If you are a guest, please email Mr. Guerrero at agf@chavezwaterman.com to reserve tickets.
  • How many tickets do I get?
    Every graduating senior receives 10 tickets. If the student needs more, they can email agf@chavezwaterman.com to request more.
  • Who needs a ticket to enter?
    Every person (adults, teens, kids, toddlers) using a chair will need a ticket.
  • How much is parking?
    Parking is $20 dollars per vehicle. Huntington only accepts credit cards at the moment. Street parking is also available and other parking lots around the area. Huntington Parking Lot Map
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