Watch the first three videos in succession.
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The next step is to view the graduate slides of the CLASS OF 2020!
The final video is the conferring of the degrees by the RCCD Board of Trustees and moving of the tassels by our President, Dr. Monica Green.
We encourage graduates to take photos/videos of the moving of your tassel…and tossing of your cap. Of course, this is all optional, but it is a big part of the long tradition of college graduations. Please use the #NCGrads2020 and/or #NC_Commencement2020 for all your social media posts
From all of us at Norco College, CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!
This inaugural Virtual Commencement was made possible by the many faculty, staff and administrators who served on this year’s Commencement Committee. They are:
|Matt Allen – Disability Resource Services||
Ruth Leal – Instructional Production|
|Katie Arnhart – Disability Resource Services||Samuel Lee – Academic Affairs|
|Travonne Bell – Facilities Management||
Angel Lizardi – Student Life|
|Nicole Brown – Academic Affairs||Michael Lopez – Disability Resource Services|
|Patti Brusca – Student Services||Steven Marshall – Facilities Management|
|Cathleen Chou – Health Services||Makenna McAllister – Student Life|
|Leona Crawford – Disability Resource Services||
Daniela McCarson – Special Funded Programs|
|Mark DeAsis – Admissions and Records||Elaina McDonald – Business Services|
|Monica Esparza – Student Services||James McMahon – Facilities Management|
|Greg Ferrer – Disabled Resource Center||Diana Meza – Public Affairs|
|Claudia Figueroa – Office of Instruction||Ana Molina – Academic Affairs|
|Amy Fudge – Bookstore||
Jason Parks – Office of Instruction|
|Marshall Fulbright – Office of Instruction||
Cecilia Ramirez – Admissions and Records|
|Mark Hartley – Student Life||Lenny Riley – Instructional Technology|
|Tricia Hodawanus – Business Services||Edwin Romero – Student Activities|
|Kim Kamerin – Music||David Schlanger – Career Center|
Robert Kleveno – Campus Police||Denise Terrazas – Office of the President|
|Daniel Lambros – Instructional Media||Tanya Wilson – Student Services|
2020 Norco College Student Commencement Speaker
Gabrielle Ante was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in the Philippines. She and her family permanently settled in the United States when she began seventh grade at Arlington High School.
After graduating high school in 2015, Ante enrolled at Riverside City College, where she joined the RCC Women’s Tennis team for two years while pursuing her general education requirements as a Chemical Engineering major. She earned her first degree in Math and Science in 2018.
Ante later discovered that even though she earned the Math and Science degree with the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum plan (IGETC), she was one class short of obtaining the certification. She quickly began investigating and connecting with professors and counselors who helped her towards completion.
Today, she is graduating with seven additional associate degrees in Pre-Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Social and Behavioral Studies, Humanities, and Communications. Her degrees come from a variety of disciplines, like the School of STEM, School of Arts & Humanities, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences.
She plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In the future, she seeks to gain experience in research and development as a Chemical Engineer while working toward a master’s degree and eventually a doctorate.
Ante comes from a family immersed in the STEM field. Her father is a health care practitioner and her mother is a registered nurse.
Raised in a Filipino culture centered on family and self-development, she owes her success to her family’s support and guidance. Ante aspires to build a strong foundation of knowledge and community by connecting ideas and working hard to apply them in hopes to improve society. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, reading and drawing.
2020 Norco College Faculty Commencement Speaker
Kristine Anderson has taught college English for over thirty-five years. She was hired at Riverside Community College in 1989 and began teaching at Norco College in 2014. She has a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from New England College and a Master of Arts in English from San Diego State University. She considers herself a writer-teacher whereby each “hat” informs the other.
During her years at RCC, Professor Anderson served as English department chair and writing center coordinator. She was instrumental in curriculum development that made it possible for the RCC literary magazine,
MUSE, to first be produced in a college course dedicated to publishing. She has always been an advocate for local and regional arts and was involved with creating the curriculum for an English class dedicated to authors and literature of the Inland Empire. In addition, she taught twice as a study abroad instructor in Oxford, England. She initiated readings series at RCC in the 1990s, which brought authors to campus, and was a founding participant of
Voices from the Americas lecture series at RCC in the 2000s, a collaboration of the college, the three universities in the area, the local unified school district, the public library, and other organizations. Presenters included Carlos Fuentes, Richard Rodriguez, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
In addition to being a dedicated teacher of creative writing and composition, Professor Anderson is an accomplished writer and poet receiving multiple fellowships and publications in
The Copperfield Review,
Southern Indiana Review, and the anthology,
Active Voices IV. Most recently, Professor Anderson put her writing talents to work as the accreditation co-chair for Norco College and the lead editor for the college accreditation report. Her dedication to the institution, students and co-workers was evident in every page. Professor Jo Scott-Coe expressed it well when she said, “She has always been a colleague who put the ‘C’ in collegial.”
Along with these many professional and personal accomplishments, when asked to describe her accomplishments, Professor Anderson begins with “Proud wife—and colleague—of David Mills, and proud mother of Jonathan; […] working with you [students] and helping you learn to connect with others—and with your own ideas—through writing. Laughing together, watching you grow, seeing you succeed!” Professor Anderson will be retiring this spring after twenty-nine years of service to RCCD. Our college community will be the lesser, and we can never thank her enough for her dedication, service and inspiration to all who learned with her.
Review of the 2019 Norco College Commencement
On June 7, the largest graduating class (over 400 students) walked through the Norco College stage to accept their degrees. Over 4,000 guest proudly gathered around the soccer field to cheer on the graduates as they prepared for the next chapter in their lives.
Norco College Faculty Speaker, Quinton Bemiller, addressed graduates with a message of encouragement and hope, while student speaker, Angelica Gutierrez, shared her inspirational story about resilience and courage. She talked about the struggles she faced coming to the US and being bullied for not knowing how to speak English. Introverted by nature, Gutierrez recalls wanting to drop out of school, but she turned to her courage and continued to push through. She remembers reciting the following quote from Frank Ocean, “Work hard in silence, and let success make the noise!" Gutierrez was successful all right and graduated with four associate of arts degrees in Spanish, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Studies, and Communications. She is on her way to Cal State University, San Bernardino this fall.
Congratulations to our graduates! Keep on investing in your future. We believe in you. Go Mustangs!
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Interesting graduation facts below:
- 1,246 students graduated
- 1,911 associate degrees awarded
- 247 students graduated with distinction (3.3 to 3.6)
- 162 graduated with great distinction (3.7 and above)
- 42 graduated with a 4.0 (earning an A in every course)
- 82 graduates completed the Honors Program
- 41 graduates were veterans of the armed services
- Most senior graduate was 66 years old
- Youngest graduate was 16 years old
Many students will be receiving multiple degrees. They are as follows:
- 303 received two degrees
- 168 received three degrees
- 97 received four degrees
- 29 received five degrees
- 11 received six degrees
- 3 received seven degrees
- 2 received eight degrees
Our JFK Middle College High School students continued to set the bar.
- 23 students who graduated JFK High School on May 31, also graduated from Norco College on June 7 – completing at total of 64 degrees.
- 85 high school student graduates from JFK also completed their freshman year of college while attending HS.
Dual Enrollment Program
- 250 CNUSD High School seniors graduated with 1,204 units combined.