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46th Annual Commencement

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Commencement Week Ceremonies
All held on the Main Campus/Paterson
May 9  Phi Theta Kappa Induction
Video   Photos 
May 14  Nurse Education Pinning
Fall Video  Photos  Spring Video   Photos
May 15  Graduate & Academic Awards
Video  Photos 
May 17  46th Annual Commencement
Morning Ceremony
       Evening Ceremony
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Commencement Recap Videos
Class of 2018 Grad Profiles Click on image to read the full story

Shane Consalvo

A Valedictorian of the PCCC Class of 2018,  Composes Career in Music. Read more.

Alex Medina Sosa

A Co-valedictorian of the PCCC Class of 2018, Alex was also valedictorian of his high school class in Peru. Read more.

Katherine Tapia

A Co-valedictorian of the PCCC Class of 2018, She left her home country of Peru 10 years ago, and journeyed alone to the U.S. seeking academic opportunity. Read more.

Sarah Raigoza

Unmotivated in high school, Sarah is now a recognized science researcher and aspiring marine biologist. Read more.

Rebecca Girardin

Following a negative high school experience, this published poet and artist flourished at PCCC. Read more.

Daniel Davis

He Left His Comfort Zone and Excelled at PCCC. Read more.

Sally Shobut

A refugee from Syria, Sally is a UN representative for non-profits that help Syrians left behind. (Read more)

Passaic County Community College
46th Annual Commencement Ceremonies

May 17, 2018  -  Main Campus
Commencement Theme: 
Celebrating 50 Years

Morning Ceremony
11:00 am

Degree Recipients for
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Career Certificates
Certificates of Achievement
Shane Consalvo

Evening Ceremony
6:00 pm

Degree Recipients for
Associate in Arts (A.A.)
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Katherine Tapia

Alex Medina Sosa

Congratulations Class of 2018

Posted May 31, 2018

Against a backdrop of 34 flags that represented the diverse birth nations of the Class of 2018 , over 1200 graduates from PCCC’s four locations received their associate’s degrees and certificates in two ceremonies at the 46th Commencement, held on May 17 at the Main Campus in Paterson.

It was a historic date for the College, as noted by Dr. Steven Rose, president of PCCC.
 “Today is the 50th anniversary of the actual day, May 17,1968, that the Passaic County Board of Freeholders voted to adopt a resolution establishing a community college in the County,” he said.

In fact, “Celebrating 50 Years,” was the theme of this year’s Commencement, the first major event of what will be a multi-year anniversary celebration.

The Class of 2018, one of the largest in PCCC’s history, included the first graduates of the two-year-old Culinary Arts program, three valedictorians, a married couple, and a Syrian refugee who has served as a delete to the United Nations.

Marking the occasion, guest speakers praised the Class of 2018 while challenging them to continue on the path. “This day is yours,” said Taneesha Way, secretary of the State of New Jersey who urged the graduates to “show the world what value you have.”

Passaic County Freeholder John Bartlett (evening ceremony) advised the grads that in their future endeavors, “no matter how small a job may seem, give it all you’ve got.”

Parents, seated on the bleachers in the gym, received a nod from Harvey Nutter, Chairman of the PCCC Board of Trustees, who told the graduates,” The ones sitting behind you are the ones who stood behind you. Give them a big hand,” an invitation that drew thunderous applause.

Valedictorian at the morning ceremony, Shane Consalvo (watch Shane’s speech) a music technology graduate, congratulated his fellow graduates and expressed appreciation to his music professors for “guiding me to find my passion,” and for “being my mentors and believing in me.”  Shane drew laughter when he also thanked his parents for their “love, patience, and support…especially financial support.”

Alex Medina Sosa, a co-valedictorian at the evening ceremony, related a story from his childhood in Peru, when he asked his father. “What is the purpose of life.”  The reply, “To give purpose to life,” has inspired Alex ever since.  “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” he said, urging his fellow graduates to “trust yourself and be open to new experiences.” (watch Alex’s speech)

Katherine Tapia delivered the second evening valedictory, thanking parents, families, professors, and friends for their support and giving a shout out to the Class of 2018.  “We made it,” she declared, drawing cheers. Also from Peru, Katherine left her homeland to pursue her academic dreams in the United States. “Education is a gift,”she said.  “I ask you to work for fairness in education and never forget to give back.” (watch Katherine’s speech)

Emphasizing the value of community colleges, Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter (morning ceremony) said, “This experiment (establishing PCCC) has been a great, great success.”  To the graduates he declared, “We’re proud in this city for investing in you.”

U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker made a surprise appearance on video to commend community colleges, calling them the “bridge between ideals and reality.”

To the crowd’s delight, newly elected Paterson mayor Andre Sayegh, who has worked at PCCC, took the stage to give the whole audience “one final homework assignment. Take selfies. Post them on Facebook. Celebrate the day. You’re all winners.”