Our 51st Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

Highlights of PCCC’s 51st Commencement
May 25, 2023

  • Over 800 graduates received their associate’s degrees and/or certificates
  • Class of 2023 had 7 valedictorians: a PCCC record!
  • Valedictorian Nicolette Carpenter is heading to Harvard
  • A backdrop of 38 flags represented the birth nations and diversity of the Class of 2023

Graduate Spotlights

More to come! Check back for more stories about our graduates.

A Heart for Nursing

Shadae Pinnock

  • AAS Degree in Nursing
  • Currently employed as an LPN; Plans to pursue the BSN and Master’s degrees
  • Career Goal: Registered Nurse
  • Recipient of the 2023 NJ League for Nursing Award
  • Recipient of the PCCC Foundation’s Edward W. and Stella C. Van Houten Memorial Scholarship (Fall 2022)
The PCCC nursing professors care about their students and about the profession. I came out feeling that they had really invested in me.

Heading to Harvard



  • AA in Liberal Arts/Humanities with Highest Honors
  • Transfers to Harvard University on full scholarship
  • Career Goal: International Human Rights Lawyer
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • 2023 NJ All-State Academic Team
  • Coca-Cola Silver Scholar
Two years ago, I never would have imagined I would be where I am now.

Racing to Success

Skyler Novotny


  • AS in Engineering Science with Highest Honors
  • Transfers to NJIT
  • Career Goal: Racecar Designer
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • 2023 Graduate Award for Engineering
  • STEM Internship with PSE&G
Thanks to PCCC I will transfer to NJIT to pursue my goal of becoming a racecar designer.

Rutgers Scholarship

Carolina Ramos

  • AS in Biology with High Honors
  • Transfers to Rutgers/New Brunswick on full scholarship
  • Career Goal: Pediatrician
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • 2023 NJ All-State Academic Team
What impressed me the most about PCCC is the huge support and many opportunities provided to students.

Campus Leader

Dariel Nunez

  • AAS in Computer Information Technology/ Web and Mobile Development
  • Career Goal: To establish a web design business
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • President, Middle States Region
At PCCC you’ll find support from faculty and staff who want to see you succeed.