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César Chávez Academy High School
Commencement - Class of 2024

Huntington Place on Friday, June 7, 2024

César Chávez Academy High Schools' 20th Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, June 7th, 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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Felix M. Valbuena, Jr., MD, DABFM, FAAFP

Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS) CEO
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Felix Valbuena, Jr is a Family Physician, CEO of the Community Health and Social Services Center, and contracted Academic Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

 

Dr. Valbuena is committed to providing culturally proficient health care in one’s native language to ensure a better understanding of, and adherence to, medical treatment. Valbuena is an active supporter of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), currently serving as a Clinician Representative on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community Health Centers and a Board Member of the Michigan Primary Care Association.

 

In his work advocating for FQHCs as the model of primary care for the nation, Dr. Valbuena actively participates in the training of students from multiple disciplines to aid in the formation of future staff and leaders of health centers. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of A.T. Still University, an integral partner of health centers in the formation of physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and other health care providers.

 

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Valbuena strategically invested the support received by CHASS Center to provide on-site PCR testing, Health Center Vaccine Program clinics on-site and in the community, increased employee support to recognize the dedication of those serving our community, and he serves on the Michigan Community Engagement Alliance (MI-CEAL) Steering Committee, bringing the voice of community members and frontline providers to the table to help increase vaccine acceptance.

 

He is a 2007 recipient of the Degree of Fellow from the American Academy of FamilyPhysicians (AAFP) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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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