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Ceremony Information


The faculty and staff invite you to participate in the
2015 Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:00 pm at the Norco College Soccer Field


Sharon Crasnow Dr. Sharon Crasnow
Professor of Philosophy

Sharon Crasnow received her A.B. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California. After receiving her degree, she taught at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and then at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at RCCD in 1992. She has taught at all three colleges in the district but made Norco her home college in 1994. In addition to teaching philosophy, she served as the Norco College Academic Senate President from 2007-2013 and has been involved in participatory governance in many other ways, including curriculum development, program review, the honors program, and accreditation. She was also the 43rd Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Crasnow has research interests in philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of social science. Her publications include journal articles and two co-edited collection: Out from the Shadows: Analytical Feminists Contributions to Traditional Philosophy with Anita Superson and Philosophical Feminism and Popular Culture with Joanne Waugh. She is active in many professional organizations including the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Analytical Feminism, and the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice. She serves on the editorial board of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and the advisory board of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly.

The pursuit of learning is a common thread in both her personal and professional life. She is currently writing a paper with her husband Stephan Haggard, a professor at the University of California at San Diego. Both of her daughters, Sascha and Sonia, are Ph.D. students. Her stepdaughter, Kit is entering an MFA program in creative writing in the fall, and her stepson, Max, has just completed his first year of college.



Benjamin Vargas Mr. Benjamin Vargas
President, Associated Students of Norco College (ASNC)

Benjamin Vargas was born in Whittier and raised in Corona, California. He is a 22 year-old Mexican American, the oldest of four siblings. Mr. Vargas has played soccer most of his life, loves the outdoors, and regards his friends and family as invaluable. Mr. Vargas’ family history, culture and traditions proved to be influential in his understanding of the value of education.

Mr. Vargas graduated from Centennial High School in 2010 and immediately enrolled at Norco College. Mr. Vargas began matriculating through the California community college system by enrolling in both the Student Support Services and the PUENTE Programs. Mr. Vargas is a first generation college student, majoring in communication studies, with plans to transfer to California State University, San Bernardino or California State University, Fullerton.

While involved with the Student Support Services and the PUENTE Programs, he received a great deal of support and guidance from Norco College’s staff, faculty, and administrators. As a result, he became more involved in learning communities and co-curricular programs, such as the Norco Scholars Association and Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Mr. Vargas enjoyed volunteering so much that he ran in the elections for student government. He won office during the 2011-2012 school year as Vice President of Campus Activities, and in the 2014-2015 school year as Student Body President. His involvement in the Associated Students of Norco College helped him discover a passion for student advocacy and higher education. While a part of the Associated Students of Norco College, he advocated for students across many levels of governance, has earned many accomplishments and has networked throughout the community. Mr. Vargas is a supporter of higher education and looks forward to achieving the American Dream.