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Arizona wraps up week of commencements

TEMPE, Ariz. Crowds gathered in Tempe on Saturday for the last of Arizona State University's spring convocations.

It marked the end of a week filled with speeches and commencement ceremonies for graduates at ASU, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

ASU officials say more than 12,000 students received their degrees during this week's commencement ceremonies. On Thursday, undergraduates heard from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, during their commencement.

At UA, ceremonies were held Friday for undergraduates, while those earning doctorate degrees gathered Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Thousands of family members and friends packed the Skydome in Flagstaff on Friday for Northern Arizona's commencement ceremony.

NAU President John Haegar says there were more than 4,000 graduates this spring, including 750 who earned master's degrees and 49 who finished with doctoral degrees.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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