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Rockland Community College’s 59th Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Congratulations to all of our graduates! It was so exciting to share this great accomplishment with you, fellow students, family, faculty and staff who have supported you on your journey. Here you'll find highlights from the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement Photo and Video Highlights

Follow our social media sites to check out other highlights from the ceremony. Look for #RCCGrad

Keynote Speaker H. Carl McCall

portrait of H. Carl McCall

H. Carl McCall was appointed Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees October 17, 2011. He first joined the Board as a member on October 22, 2007.

Mr. McCall served as Comptroller of the State of New York from May 1993 to December 2002. As Chief Fiscal Officer of the State, he was responsible for governmental and financial oversight and pension fund management. Read more about Mr. McCall...

portait of Sabrina Istrope

Student Speaker Sabrina Istrope

As student speaker at Commencement, Sabrina Istrope encourages her fellow graduates to push boundaries and explore each opportunity to the fullest.
Read more about Sabrina Istrope...

Graduating Student Spotlights

portrait of Lauren Fernandes

Student Government Association President Lauren Fernandes developed leadership skills that will serve her well in whatever direction her career path takes her. Read more about Lauren Fernandes...
portait of Mahira Kauser

Mahira Kauser has struck a pleasing balance in her life as a student at Rockland Community College. Read more about Mahira Kauser...
portrait of Pinchas Kreizel

Pinchas Kreizel was brought up in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Monsey, N.Y., which values religious studies over secular subjects like math and science.
Read more about Pinchas Kreizel...

Career Skills Academy Graduate Spotlight

Career Skills Academy logoDahaire Edwards was working for a Manhattan-based construction company when he chose to pursue a Certificate in Gas Pipeline Operations through the Career Skills Academy at Rockland Community College. Read more about Dahaire Edwards...

Dr. Baston's Op-Ed: The Promise of a College Education

Dr. Baston's Op-Ed, The Promise of a College Education, is featured on Lohud-part of the USA Today Network. In the piece, Dr. Baston discusses the need for colleges to adapt to be "student-ready" and provide various opportunities for all students. He highlights RCC's new Career Skills Academy. Perfect timing-the first group of Career Skills students will graduate at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Read this thought provoking piece: The Promise of a College Education

Graduation Photos

For more details about the photos taken of graduates while they received their diplomas, visit GradImages.