Information for Students

invitation to Commencement

The Ceremony:

When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00am
Where: Online
Gown, Cap & Tassel: Will be mailed to you prior to the cermony for you to wear as you watch.  As is tradition you will be guided as to when you move your tassel to show you have officially graduated
Tickets: Are not needed.  Everyone can watch and celebrate with you!
Celebrate: See below for various social media ways to celebrate how proud you are of earning your degree!  #RVCCGrad

After the Ceremony:

Video: After the Commencement is aired at 10 am, you will be able to rewatch the event.
Diploma: Diplomas will be mailed approximately one to two months after the ceremony. You will be notified of the exact date by mail.
Transcripts: Please be advised that transcripts requested will be available after grades are posted and GPAs are calculated.  Transcript orders must be placed online at www.raritanval.edu/transcripts.

Still have Questions?

Email your inquiries to 21commencement@raritanval.edu

Commencement Program

Honors listed in Commencement Program

Graduation-with-honors designations are based on the student’s grade point average (GPA) as follows.

  • Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Graduates – GPA at the end of the Graduation term.
  • Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 Graduates – GPA at end of the Fall 2020 Semester

After all final degree audits are reviewed and degrees and certificates are formally posted to students’ RVCC student records the official academic honors will be awarded.

For questions about the names listed in the program email 21commencement@raritanval.edu

Click here to open a pdf of the program

Commencement Speakers

Commencement Speaker:

Kevin Spencer

Kevin Spencer

Kevin Spencer is an award-winning performing artist who, for more than 25 years, toured the world with one of the largest and most successful theatrical illusion productions in the U.S. He left behind a trail of accolades in his wake, including 2009 “International Illusionist of the Year,” 2015 “International Magician of the Year,” and “Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year,” an honor he received six times.

At the pinnacle of his career, Spencer stepped away from the stage and into classrooms and hospitals. As an educator, artist, consultant, and researcher, he works to create inclusive communities where everyone experiences an authentic sense of belonging and no one – for any reason – is relegated to the margins.

His work focuses on using the art of magic to impact change in the lives of children with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual challenges, emotional disturbance, and those who have experienced trauma. His program, Hocus Focus™, was a 2020 nominee for the “Zero Project Award,” which recognizes innovative practices and models that improve the daily lives of people with disabilities.

Spencer is a leading voice in the performing arts industry (recipient of the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents – NAPAMA – Artist/Agent of the Year in 2020); a Fulbright Specialist on arts integration for special populations for the U.S. Department of State; a faculty member in the department of education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh; a research consultant for the Occupational Therapy department and the Institute for Arts in Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association. He is considered the leading international authority on the therapeutic benefits of magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation.

He received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University, VA, and an M.Ed. in Arts Integration from Southeastern University, FL. He is a PhD Candidate in Special Education at Liberty University. Spencer also received a Certification in Autism Studies from the College of Applied Human Services, CA.

In 2016 he produced a short documentary, Powerful Medicine: Simply Magic, that showcases individuals of varying abilities who, through the art of magic, have overcome physical, developmental, and intellectual challenges. The documentary has earned 18 international film festival awards and continues to inspire audiences around the world.

Kevin Spencer has dedicated his life to making a difference in communities around the world – both on and off the stage. He is a pioneer who addresses the inequality of individuals with disabilities with creativity, confidence, and courage.

Faculty Commencement Speaker:

Alex Offenauer

Alexa Offenhauer

Alexa Offenhauer of Clinton, RVCC Assistant Professor of English, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is writing her dissertation on reading theory and its place in the composition classroom.

Student Commencement Speaker:

Catherine Namuli

Catherine Linet Namuli

A native of Uganda, Catherine Linet Namuli is a member of RVCC’s Honor’s College and serves as a Mentor in its Mentorship Program. The Liberal Arts major is graduating from RVCC Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 Grade Point Average.

Active in College life, Namuli serves as Vice President of the Rotaract Club, a Student Ambassador for the Women’s Center, and is part of the Changebuilder Program. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She plans to study International Relations at a four-year school and already has been accepted at several universities. Her future goals include working as a Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations and/or working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to address and tackle human rights issues, especially in third-world countries, focusing on global health, gender equality, and international security.

Academic Awards

Accounting
Aaron Neidich

Accounting Information Systems
Caitlin Plutar

Automotive Technology
Mason Dobozynski

Biology
Neela Melkot

Bookkeeping Certificate
Catherine Sullivan

Business Administration - General Business
Gerardo Carcamo

Business Administration - Management Information Systems
Terence Martinez

Commercial Energy Management Technology
Kevin Clinebell

Communications Studies
Ava Ludwig

Computer Networking and Cybersecurity
Catherine Oldfield

Computer Programming Certificate
Zachary Theis

Computer Science
Catherine Oldfield

Criminal Justice
Derek Fenimore

Digital Media/Film Studies
Jacqueline Braida

Digital Video Production Certificate
Robert Davies

Education: P-12
Kirsten Fritts

Electric Utility Technology
Tyler Baggitt

Engineering
Nicholas Hufford

English
Julia Vroom

English as A Second Language Certificate of Completion
Kun Chen

Environmental Control Technology
Christian Schubert

Environmental Science
Yvonne Selander

Event Planning/Meeting Management
Janice Maynard

Exercise Science
Adrian Flores-Gonzalez

Exercise Science - Sports Management Option
Mark San Agustin

Fitness Specialist Certificate of Completion
Ava Vanglahn

General Science/Pre-Health Professional
Ujjayi Pamidigantam

Graphic and Interactive Design
Ana Carolina Pinho Mitchell

Health Information Technology
Olga Bogoyavlenskaya

Health Science
Lauren Ciotola

Human Services/Pre-Social Work
Salma Hassanin

Interior Architecture & Design
Molly Vander Horn

Liberal Arts
Jayson Torres

Liberal Arts - EnviroNmental Studies
Danielle Soroka

Liberal Arts - Social Science Option
Olivia Mango

Mathematics
Divya Sathiyamoorthy

Medical Assistant Certificate
Casey Lynn Vitanza

Medical Coding Certificate
Judy Depierro

Music
Jamie Mallinson

Nursing
Allison Mueller

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Courtney Critelli

Ophthalmic Science
Iryna Baran

Paralegal Studies
Karen Peisley

Paralegal Studies Certificate
Aishwarya Kurup

Physics
Snehel Kunjumon

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Pharmacy
John Rojas

Service Learning
Christian McLean

Tax Preparer Certificate of Completion
Angelina Pominova

The Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
Fayrooz Abdelkader

Visual Arts
Morgan Strus-Allen

Ways to Celebrate

Ways to Celebrate the Class of 2021 Virtually

From virtual commencement ceremonies to special social graphics, here’s everything you need to celebrate this semester’s graduating Lions.

Commencement is a culmination of the hard work and dedication students put into earning their degree. It is not only a way to recognize their efforts, but to celebrate graduates as they begin to apply the lessons they’ve learned in the classroom to the world beyond academia. And while the pomp and circumstance may look a little different this year, RVCC is as proud as ever to honor this graduating class.

Celebrate on Social

For Graduates

#RVCCGrad for your tweets.  Let's Celebrate!!

Mobile Walpapers
Share your RVCC pride and download a mobile wallpaper today.

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Facebook Cover Photo

Proud to be a RVCC grad? Add a Facebook cover photo to celebrate your success!

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Facebook Frames

Share your accomplishment with friends and family on Facebook by adding a Facebook frame to your profile photo. Click here to add your frame.

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GIPHY Stickers

Jazz up your Instagram and Snapchat stories or TikTok post with a RVCC Class of 2021 GIPHY sticker. Be sure to tag @RaritanValleyCC so we can celebrate with you! 

 

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SnapChat

See above for a sample.  To use this lens click here.

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For Family & Friends of Graduates

Facebook Cover Photo

Proud to be a RVCC grad? Add a Facebook cover photo to celebrate your success!

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Facebook Frames

Share your accomplishment with friends and family on Facebook by adding a Facebook frame to your profile photo. Click here to add your frame.

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