Home 2013 Commencement Student Speakers


Oshea (Shea) Chaudhary, 20, is an Honors student graduating with an Associate of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Shea graduated from Sandra Day O’Connor High School in 2011, and received a President’s Scholarship to attend PVCC.

A student leader since her freshmen year, Shea was first a Senator and later Chairperson of the Student Leadership Council (SLC); member of the PEAK Leadership Institute; and Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), national community college honorary society.  She also worked on the campus newspaper, the Puma Press, as a community editor and writer.

Shea is a dedicated community volunteer who has assisted in patient care at the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital Emergency Room for the past six years.  At Indo-Pak Christian Church, she not only sings, but also spends time as a children’s instructor.  She has volunteered for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping empower women through engagement and education, and tutored at KUMON, an after school reading and math program supporting children to become self-learners.

Shea’s love for children and medicine is leading her to become a pediatrician or a surgeon. She will enter Arizona State University in Fall 2013, where, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and an MBA, she hopes to attend medical school.


Aaron PressleyAaron Pressley said “yes” to every opportunity he found at Paradise Valley Community College.  The 20-year old Honors student, a 2011 graduate of Deer Valley High School, is receiving an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science.  He found purpose, direction and inspiration at PVCC, and channeled his passion for social change into meaningful work that has strengthened our community.

Aaron has made lasting contributions to the Northeast Phoenix Neighborhood Action Alliance, and Diversity Inc., a PVCC flagship program that promotes the ideals of justice, inclusivity, diversity appreciation and service to the community.  One of his proudest accomplishments is the PVCC Palomino Teacher Assistant Program, an initiative he created that engages PVCC students as assistants to teachers at local elementary schools.

He expanded that into the Palomino Academic Bowl, a program that involves PVCC students as tutors to elementary school students, and culminates in an annual academic bowl.

On campus, he served as President of the Student Honor Advisory Council (SHAC) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society.  He was also selected as one of the college’s two members of the All-Arizona Academic Team. Aaron will continue the path to his ultimate dream – to become president of the United States – at the University of Arizona, where he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in the PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Law) program, with minors in Economics and Philosophy.


jmmmJulie Mataway is continuing what has become a family tradition.  Her daughter preceded her at Paradise Valley Community College and her son is a current student.

Julie is a former bookkeeper who discovered a love for journalism. A passionate storyteller, she honed her exceptional writing skills at the Puma Press, PVCC’s campus newspaper, where she held positions as features editor, copy editor, and editor. She also wrote stories, covered arts and entertainment, and even penned an advice column,  “Dear Julie.”  She gained valuable industry experience as an intern at, a women’s-focused website that shares health, fashion and parenting information.

On campus, Julie was a member of the Adults Who Are Returning to Education (AWARE) Club that supports new, returning and continuing adult learners. Julie plans to continue her education at Arizona State University.  She hopes to combine her passions for journalism and teaching into a career as a journalism teacher. Julie would specifically like to recognize and thank her husband, her children, Dr. Marianne Roccaforte, Judy Galbraith, Mary Beth, and everyone at the Puma Press.