ASU/Starbucks partnership students graduate
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's graduation day for many Arizona State University students.
And for the first time the graduation is being held off campus at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.
Thousands poured into downtown Phoenix to watch their family members and friends walk across the stage.
Graduation was moved this year to Chase Field because Sun Devil Stadium is under construction being renovated.
A new program at ASU is making a milestone, the largest number of students in the Starbucks Scholarship Program are graduating.
Navajo Tribe Members Nathan and Melanie Deschine both graduated, their daughter becomes a high school graduate in just two weeks.
"We've been in school for five years, and I decided that I wanted my kids to decorate my hats for me, and so they decorated this," said Melanie Deschine.
Siena Bingham completed her degree online while working at a California Starbucks. Her tuition covered 100 percent thanks to the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
"I feel so blessed to be able to be done with it, and not have any debt, it's the ultimate reward," said Siena Bingham.
Some attending the ceremony are decades away from graduating; others are already proud alums. Melissa Woodward and her dad are just two of four Sun Devils in their family.
"Next fall actually I'm going to be coming back to ASU, and I'm going to be pursuing a Masters of higher education," said Melissa Woodward.
The ceremony wraps up with the roof opening and fireworks.