Congratulations Class of 2023!
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Click here to watch the RVCC Commencement Virtually - Saturday, May 13 at 10am
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Information for Students
Prior to the Ceremony:
Disability Accommodations: If you or your guest require disability related accommodations or arrangements, please contact the Center for Accessibility and Inclusive Education by phone at 908-526-1200 x8534 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gown, Cap & Tassel: Available at the Bookstore from Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 12. Please call (908) 231-8808 or visit the Bookstore’s website for its hours of operation. https://www.bkstr.com/raritanvalleyccstore/store-hours
Honors: Honors regalia will be given out to graduates at the commencement ceremony. If you receive a medallion, stole or cord; these are yours to keep. Since spring grades are not yet final, honors have been based on GPA and grades at the end of the fall 2022 semester. Transcripts will reflect the appropriate honors once grades are final.
Tickets: Graduates will receive two tickets for guests who will have a seat in a general admission guest seating area. Tickets will be distributed at the Bookstore along with your cap and gown. Additional guests may attend by bringing lawn chairs to a designated area. The entrance gate will open at 9:00 am. No pets or helium balloons are allowed on the Soccer Field. Drones are not permitted on campus.
VIDEOS to watch prior to the Ceremony:
How to wear your cap and gown
Graduation Day Procedures
When: Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00am
Where: RVCC Soccer Field. Click here to see campus map. Graduates should park in Lots 1, 2, 8, and 9 while guests are directed to park in Lot 5. Cars with passengers with physical disabilities will be allowed to drop off guests at the Arts building across the road from the Soccer Field before parking in Lot 5. The ceremony is a rain or shine event, so please plan accordingly.
Time: The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Graduates should arrive by 8:30 am and report to the Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building. Bring your cap, gown, tassel and hood.
Graduates will be marching from the Gymnasium to the Soccer field and several times across the field itself. Please wear appropriate shoes.
Photography: A commercial photographer will take pictures of each graduate receiving his/her diploma. The college receives no money from any purchase, and you are under no obligation to purchase the pictures.
Live Streaming: The ceremony will be streamed over the internet and can be accessed by clicking here.
Reception: Following the ceremony, you and your guests are invited to a reception at the Basketball Courts next to the Soccer Field.
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 10am, you will be able to rewatch the event.
Diploma: Graduates will receive notifications from RVCC via their personal and school emails once their diploma has arrived on campus. Graduates will have the option to have their diploma mailed or picked up in person. Those instructions will be sent at a later time.
Transcripts: Graduates wishing to order their official transcript as proof of graduation should confirm that all grades and graduation information is posted by checking their unofficial academic transcript through Lion's Den prior to ordering their transcript.
Transcripts can be ordered through Parchment at Raritanval.edu/transcript. Please note: Official transcripts with degree notation and the graduation date for May 2023 graduates will not be available until May 20, 2023. Degree notation and the graduation date for August 2023 graduates will not be available until August 26, 2023.
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Past deadlines/cut off dates
The deadline to confirm your attendance for the 2023 RVCC Commencement Ceremony is Friday, April 28. Click here to confirm your attendance to the 2023 RVCC May Commencement Ceremony
Name Pronunciation: If you have concerns about the pronunciation of your name please email Dean Patrice Marks at Academic.firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Name Pronunciation” and include in the body of the email your name and a phonetic spelling. Example: Raul Gonzalez: rah-OOL gon-SAH-les The deadline to submit this request is Friday, May 5th, 2023.
Information for Guests
When: Saturday, May 13 at 10 am. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Gates will open at 9 am.
Where: Raritan Valley Community College Soccer Field, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ. Click here to see campus map. Guests will be directed to park in Lot 5. Cars with passengers with physical disabilities will be allowed to drop off guests at the Arts building across the road from the Soccer Field before parking in Lot 5. It is a rain or shine event so plan accordingly. No pets are allowed with the exception of service animals.
Tickets: Graduates will receive two tickets for guests who will have a seat in a general admission guest seating area. Additional guests may attend by bringing lawn chairs to a designated area. The entrance gate will open at 9:00 am. No pets or helium balloons are allowed on the Soccer Field. Drones are not permitted on campus.
Photography: Designated areas will be available for guests to take photographs. In addition, the College has commissioned a professional photographer, Island Photography, to take individual photos of graduates with their diplomas. Graduates are under no obligation to purchase the photographs.
Live Streaming: The ceremony will be streamed over the internet and can be accessed by clicking here.
Reception: Following the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to a reception at the Basketball Courts next to the Soccer Field.
Disability Accommodations: If you or your guest require disability related accommodations or arrangements, please contact the Center for Accessibility and Inclusive Education by phone at 908-526-1200 x8534 or by email at email@example.com
Faculty Commencement Speaker
Carol Patterson is a Professor of Nursing who has been teaching at RVCC for the past 33 years. She will be retiring at the end of this academic year.
A Governor’s appointee to the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, she has served on the New Jersey Nursing Leadership Council and the New Jersey Nursing Action Coalition. Patterson has been active in the community, serving as a Board of Trustees member of the Community Visiting Nurse Association of Somerville and as its Board Chair and Vice Chair. As a member of the New Jersey League for Nursing Board of Directors, Patterson has served as its President and has chaired several committees. She also is active as an honorary member of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey.
Patterson has been the recipient of several honors from such organizations as the American Nurses Association, the New Jersey League for Nursing, the Community Visiting Nurse Association, and the New Jersey State Nurses Association.
She received her AAS/RN from Middlesex County College, a BSN from Jersey City State College, an MSN from Seton Hall University, and a postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Education from Rutgers University.
Student Commencement Speaker
Sarah Lopez, a Visual Arts major graduating Summa Cum Laude, has excelled in academics and has been an active member of the College community. In addition to being named to the President's List, she is a recipient of the Chris Koep Memorial Scholarship, the Student Involvement Grant, and the Academic Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts and Service Learning.
Lopez has worked to promote creativity in the RVCC community. She co-founded the Zine Club, Spark’D, and has served as the club’s President for the past four semesters, producing full-color publications that feature artwork and writing by creative-minded students. Lopez also has been involved with numerous mural painting projects on and off campus, including a mural designed and painted independently for RVCC's Arts Building.
This fall, she plans to transfer to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she will continue to develop her skills in painting and graphic design.
Click here to view the Commencement Program
Honors listed in Commencement Program
Graduation-with-honors designations are based on the student’s grade point average (GPA) as follows.
- Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 Graduates – GPA at the end of the Graduation term.
- Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 Graduates – GPA at end of the Fall 2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTS
The following graduates of the class of 2022-2023 are being recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.
Accounting Information Systems
Interface Design & Web Development
Paola Ayala Zelaya
Business Administration - General Business Option
Maria Zamora Rodriguez
Business Administration - Marketing Option
Business Administration - Supply Chain Option
Business Management - Supply Chain Option
Commercial Energy Management Technology
Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Certificate
CPA Education Requirement Certificate
Digital Media/Film Studies
English as a Second Language, Certificate of Completion
Event Planning/Meeting Management Certificate
Graphic and Interactive Design
Human Services/Pre-Social Work
Information Systems & Technology
Interior Architecture & Design
Medical Assistant Certificate
Nursing - PNAD
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Paralegal Studies Certificate
Ways to Celebrate the Class of 2023 Virtually
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.
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