2010 Online Commencement

At our 2010 online commencement event, on June 25th and June 26th in Phoenix, more than 3,000 graduates were in attendance, finally coming face-to-face with the classmates, learning team members and faculty who have shared in their journey.

Commencement videos

About our Speakers


Randy Jackson

Friday June 25, 2010 at 10:30 am

Randy Jackson is a twenty-year music industry veteran and Grammy Award winning producer. Randy started out at the young age of 13 playing bass guitar and got his big break when he joined the band Journey. As a prolific musician and producer, Randy also spent eight years as the Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records followed by four years as Senior Vice President of A&R at MCA Records.

However, it was American Idol that propelled Jackson into public consciousness.  The show has proved to be a massive hit for FOX and has become a pop culture phenomenon around the world.

Randy has expanded into TV production, setting up his Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment banner at Warner Horizon Television, which launched MTV’s hit series Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew which the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “perhaps the greatest reality television show of all time” and TV Guide said “That’s how you should do a dance show.” The series is currently in its fifth season on MTV.

While working on over one thousand gold and multi-platinum albums, which have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, Randy’s amazing talent, vast studio knowledge, performing, touring and record company expertise, have made him one of today’s highly coveted music industry experts.

Randy has recorded, toured, performed and produced records for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Madonna, Elton John, Destiny's Child, Joss Stone, Travis Tritt and many more. He continues to manage the careers of the critically acclaimed singer Van Hunt and the band Paper Tongues.


Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Friday June 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm and
Saturday June 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice is widely considered to be one of the most influential and powerful people in the world. Dr. Rice pioneered a policy of transformational diplomacy and heralded the formation of new global governments based on democratic principles.

Dr. Rice has been recognized for her courageous efforts to foster worldwide freedoms for all people. Her great love of America and her faith in its core values are the foundational strength of her presentations regarding foreign policy, education and the empowerment of women.

Dr. Rice is the author of Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (New York: Crown), to be published in October of 2010.

Commencement Agenda

Friday June 25, 2010

Axia Ceremony
8:00 am: Doors open; Graduates and their guests arrive.
9:45 am: Graduates line up
10:30 am: Ceremony starts

University of Phoenix Ceremony
All degrees including Spanish MBA, excluding Doctoral

2:00 pm: Doors open; Graduates and their guests arrive.
4:00 pm: Graduates line up 
5:00 pm: Ceremony starts

Saturday June 26, 2010

University of Phoenix Ceremony
All degrees including Doctoral, excluding Spanish MBA

8:00 am: Doors open; Graduates and their guests arrive.
9:45 am: Graduates line up
10:30 am: Ceremony starts