PCCC’s 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Highlights of PCCC’s 52nd Commencement on May 23, 2024

  • Over 800 graduates received their degrees and/or certificates
  • Class of 2024 had 3 valedictorians
  • Oldest graduate was 78 years old
  • A backdrop of 27 flags represented the birth nations and diversity of the Class of 2024

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Nursing Pinning
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PTK Induction
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Graduate Awards (Including Certificate of Achievement Recipients)
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Graduate Spotlights

Bilal Gebril

Read Bilal’s Story

  • AS Degree in Criminal Justice, with Highest Honors
  • Speaker at Commencement 2024
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • All-USA and  All NJ Academic Teams
  • Professor Robert A. Shea Memorial Graduate Achievement Award
  • New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship
  • Transferring into a bachelor’s degree program
  • Career Goal:  U.S. Supreme Court Justice
I found my foothold at PCCC, being surrounded by an amazing community of people who believed in me.

Ady Helena

Valedictory Speaker

  • AAS Degree in Accounting with Highest Honors
  • Graduate Achievement Award in Business Administration
  • NJ Stars Scholarship Recipient
  • PCCC Finance Department Intern
  • Career Goal: CPA or Enrolled Agent

Britaney Lutchman

Read Britaney’s Story

  • AAS Degree in Graphic Design with High Honors
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Award
  • Transfers to Montclair State University
I really enjoyed and appreciated the one-on-one relationships with my PCCC professors. I felt more cared for. More seen. They knew me for me.

John-Charles Ofmani

Read John’s story

  • Associate in Fine Arts Degree with Honors
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Honorable Mention; PCCC Juried Student Art Exhibition 2023
“The art history classes were amazing; I liked that we could express our opinions to professors and they appreciated our ideas.

Stephlyn Buchanan

Read Stephlyn’s Story 

  • A.S.  Degree in Public Health
  • Speaker, Student Government Association
  • Recipient,  Completion Scholarship
  • Recipient; SFF Scholarship
  • Transfers to Montclair State University
While I did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education in my youth, I refused to let go of my dreams.

Oliver Figueroa-Celi

Read Oliver’s Story

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design, with Highest Honors
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Intern, New York Red Bulls
  • Intern, Baltimore Orioles
The graphic design classes here have developed my professionalism and polished my skills.

Melissa Valverde

Read Melissa’s Story

  • AAS Degree in Nursing
  • Nurse Education Service Award
  • Employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital; Paterson, NJ
  • Transferred to: William Paterson University; BSN to MSN Program
You make really close friends in the nursing department. You need that support, and they know what you’re going through. It’s like a family.