Congratulations to the class of 2020 (whether today was going to be the actual big day or not)! You have worked really hard to get here, and we couldn’t be prouder of you. May the next chapter of your lives exceed your expectations. We know our state will be stronger with your leadership.

To find ideas for celebrating graduates across the state today, visit We hope you’ll join the party, and encourage your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to do the same! And be sure to share your pictures with us using #AZClassOf2020.

Christine M. Thompson

Alma Mater: Dobson High School, The University of Arizona

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Juris Doctorate

Advice for the Class of 2020: Congratulations on your accomplishment! Your degree or certificate is but a step in your life long learning journey. May your curiosity and persistence feed your personal growth and inspire others!

Jackie Hoerner

Alma Mater: Pepperdine University

College Major: Business Administration and Nonprofit Management

Advice for the Class of 2020: Congratulations! As a graduate of the class of 2020, you are part of a special class. During these challenging times, you have demonstrated your resilience, adaptability, and determination—all qualities that will take you far in life. Things don’t always go as planned. There will be times where you’ll need to change course. While some perceive these as setbacks, the best advice I can give is that you embrace these moments. View these times as opportunities to learn and grow. Stay positive. Practice gratitude. Be humble. Always remember what you’ve accomplished, and that you have what it takes to succeed!

Donna Davis

Alma Mater: State University of New York, College at Brockport

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Advice for the Class of 2020: I graduated over 40 years ago and was the first person in my family to attend college. While I have never taught health education, I use my degree every day. I grew up in a small town so it was in college that I learned about diversity, different cultures and languages. I learned how to express myself, to listen to different points of view and to form my own opinions. I learned how to find information, how to write and how to present. And my employers knew that I could persevere and communicate. Education is NEVER a waste! Congratulations Graduates!

Jennifer Hernandez

Alma Mater: Shadow Mountain High School, Arizona State University

College Major: Major English, Minor Communication
Also attended graduate school at San Jose State for Library and Information Science

Favorite Class: Post modern literature

Advice for the Class of 2020: Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments! Arizona is so proud of you! In the months and years ahead embrace the adventure of uncertainty and like the beloved author EB White said: “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

Melissa Lempke

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, Minor in Spanish

Favorite Class: Organizational Communications

Advice for the Class of 2020: Never stop learning or asking questions! And don’t place limits on yourself. Push your doubts and fears aside and make bold decisions.



Selena Llamas

Alma Mater: Cholla High School, The University of Arizona

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Advice for the Class of 2020: Congratulations Graduates! You have endured a life changing pandemic that no other class has experienced but it will help build your character for the next stage in life. Many of you may not know what you want to be in the future and that’s okay. I encourage you to think of a problem in the world that you care a lot about and consider how you can play a role to impact the world. While you are figuring it out, embrace life with passion and keep reaching for your star.


Erin Hart

Alma Mater: Arizona State University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Masters in Public Administration

Advice: Do the things that set your soul on fire. Work hard. Don’t be afraid to fail. Always be kind to everyone.





Erin Eccleston

Alma Mater: Penn State Class of ‘03

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Advice for the Class of 2020: Reach beyond what you think you’re capable. Challenge yourself to embrace your fears. You may not always get it right. But that place just outside your comfort zone is where your greatest accomplishments exist. You’ve already made history. Ride this wave into your next journey and go forth to create positive change in the world. We need you!


Christie Silverstein

Alma Mater: Miami-Dade Community College, Florida International University

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Minor in Marketing

Advice for the Class of 2020: Never give up! Always try your hardest and believe in yourself. You are stronger than you ever could ever imagine.