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Gearing Up for Graduation: ACCESS Celebrates

ACCESS student

June 03, 2022 - 12:55 AM

ACCESS student with her son ACCESS, Mt. SAC's program that assists students with disabilities and medical conditions, threw a graduation party. The program has helped these graduates navigate the higher education pathway, the physical campus, as well as the digital one throughout the pandemic.

Student speaks at event of help ACCESS providedStudents spoke of the help ACCESS gave them following the  sudden campus closure in March 2020 as California, then the entire country, went into lockdown. 

With such a large physical campus, ACCESS provides shuttles for students with mobility challenges to get to class. Students we spoke to said they would not have graduated without this critical service. In fact, the current Student Center construction detours will have the ACCESS shuttles busy throughout the Summer Intercession.  ACCESS students pose for photo

A student's speech in sign language is translatedACCESS  provides counseling, instruction, and other accommodations for students, operating an Assistive Technology Center and a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Center. These were well-represented at the Grad Party.

Students and staff sign for applause

The food might have brought them there...ACCESS students and guests Student with her family

...but the fun and festivities kept them there all afternoon. Student decorates her grad capStudents decorating and then posing with their capStudents decorated their commencement caps, took photos in front of the backdrop; and then, got the photos printed out on site.Students and their guests pose for photos A students pose for photos, while a worker prints those photos up

They were then given frames to put the prints in and materials to decorate them.A printer prints photos, while students hold up their decorated frames

A happy couple of ACCESS studentsThe ACCESS graduates are now in the midst of finals and looking forward to Commencement. For more information on ACCESS, visit their website.