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Dr. Hitchcock's Bio | Ashley Calderon's Bio ​| Grad Stories

In case you missed it...​ 

Norco College’s Class of 2021 

Virtual Commencement Ceremony Link​

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Ashley Calderon at Commencement

How to Navigate Your Virtual Commencement 

  • ​Once you click on the Virtual Commencement link, you will be able to view the pre-recorded videos for the ceremony. 
  • The Prelude Video is from the RCCD Chancellor, Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, and our highly esteemed Board of Trustees. 
  • Then watch the next four videos in succession. 
  • The first Commencement Video is the National Anthem, Alma Mater, a Welcome Video from our President, Dr. Monica Green and a Keynote Address from our Faculty Commencement Speaker, Dr. Dominique Hitchcock. 
  • The second Commencement Video is our Student Commencement Speaker, Ms. Ashley Calderon, followed by our Norco College Choir. 
  • The third Commencement Video is the much-anticipated parade of graduate from the Class of 2021! 
  • The final video is the moving of the tassels by our President, Dr. Monica Green, which is symbolic of an individual going from student to alumni status. 
  • We encourage graduates to take photos/videos of the moving of the tassel and/or tossing of the cap. Of course, this is all optional, but it is a big part of the long tradition of college graduations. Please use #NorcoCollege, #NCGrads2021 and/or #NC_Commencement2021 for all your social media posts. 
  • Congratulations Class of 2021!!!!


The Official 2021 Commencement Program

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2021 Norco College Commencement Program

NC Virtual Faculty Reception 2021​



​ ​ Drive-Thru Graduation Celebration a Success

On June 2, the Class of 2020 and 2021 participated in the Norco College drive-thru graduation celebration. Over 1,200 guests drove-thru, including 330 graduates.

Some graduates wore regalia, picked up swag bags, and took photos in front of the various backdrops provided.

“It was wonderful to meet the graduates and their families. So many people came out to celebrate and it was absolutely fabulous to see students,” said President Monica Green.

Students who were unable to attend the June 2nd Drive-Thru still have an opportunity to pick up their grad swag bags, while supplies last, in the Office of Student Life, located on the 2nd floor of the Center for Student Success building.​​  Call our office for more details, (951) 372-7021.

Veteran graduate with parent and Dean DeAsis

Norco College Leadership




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From all of us at Norco College, CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021!

This Virtual Commencement was made possible by the many faculty, staff and administrators who served on this year’s Commencement Workgroup. They are:​

Travonne Bell
Custodial Manager, Facilities

Steven Marshall
Director, Facilities
Janelle Brekke
Academic Evaluations Specialist, Admissions and Records​​
Daniela McCarson
Dean, Special Funded Programs

Cathleen Chou
Interim Director, Health Services

Diana Meza
Public Affairs Officer, Strategic Communications
Sheri Cologgi
Facilities Admin and Utilization Spec, Business Services
Ana Molina
Accounting Services Clerk, Business Services
Mark DeAsis
Dean, Admissions and Records
Turajha Moore
Administrative Assistant III, Office of Instruction
Monica Esparza
Administrative Assistant III, Student Services
Jason Parks
Dean of Instruction, School of STEM,
School of Business and Management, Office of Instruction
Greg Ferrer
Director, Disabilty Resource Center
Cecilia Ramirez
Administrative Assistant III, Admissions and Records
Claudia Figueroa
Administrative Assistant IV, Academic Affairs
Martha Ramirez
Administrative Assistant III, Office of Instruction

Mark Hartley
Dean, Student Life

Leonard Riley
Instructional Technology Specialist, Academic Affairs
Debra Karrer
Instructional Department Specialist, Dean of Instruction
Edwin Romero
Coordinator, Student Activities

Robert Kleveno
Sergeant, RCCD Safety and Police
Suzanne Schepler
Grants Administrative Specialist, STEM

Daniel Lambros
Instructional Media/Broadcast Technician, 
Instructional Media Center
Maureen Sinclair
Director, Dual Enrollment and College Transition,
Enrollment Services
Ruth Leal
Instructional Production Specialist, Planning and Development​​​
Denise Terrazas
Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
Samuel Lee
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Brizeida Vargas
Customer Service Clerk, Student Financial Services

Angel Lizardi
Administrative Assistant III, Student Life



A Message From Our College President

Monica Green, Ed.D.

President of Norco College Monica Green

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac, and our fine faculty, classified professionals, and administrative team at Norco College, it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 2021 Commencement Ceremony. Commencement is a time to celebrate the fulfillment of a goal and our mission to provide transformational educational opportunities to our students. As we do this, we are thinking about the workforce of the local and regional communities we serve.  

Each student who succeeds here contributes both to the economic health of our region and as a constructive citizen in his or her community. Graduates, as you receive your degree or certificate today, many of you will continue your formal education at universities, while others will apply what you have learned here immediately in the workforce. Regardless, please know that we, like your parents, relatives, and close friends who may be with you today, are proud of you and wish you continuing success.  

We hope that you will remember Norco College and return here often so we may be reminded of what you and your fellow graduates have contributed to our Norco College family and the generations of students that will follow in your footsteps.

​​​2021 Norco College Faculty Commencement Speaker

Dominique Hitchcock

Professor Dominique Hitchcock giving Commencement speech
Professor Dominique Hitchcock, Ph.D., teaches Spanish and French, serves on the Academic Senate, and leads several roles relating to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion at Norco College and in the Riverside Community College District. Her career in education began thirty-seven years ago and spans from teaching high school in Los Angeles, to higher education, both in France and in the United States. After a four-year appointment at California State University, San Bernardino, she joined the Riverside Community College District in 1996, first at Riverside City College, and later at Norco College, where she was Chair of the Department of Art, Humanities, and World Languages for nine years.  

Hitchcock profoundly believes that being an educator is an honor and a privilege, which comes with the responsibility of innate care and respect for students. Dr. Hitchcock is a native of France with Afro-Caribbean and Corsican ancestry. Her passion for the Spanish language came from her ancestry and from growing up in Southwest France, close to Spain. She holds a doctorate in Spanish, with a focus on Comparative Linguistics and Traductology from the University of Paris Sorbonne, France. She is the proud mother of three sons.​


2021 Norco College Student Commencement Speaker

Ashley Calderon

Ashley Calderon at Norco College 2021
Ashley Calderon School of STEM and Social & Behavioral Sciences Ashley Calderon was born in San Diego, California. She moved to Temecula her sophomore year and graduated from Chaparral High School. After graduation, Calderon enrolled at Norco College to pursue a career in medicine.

Calderon’s grit pushed her to complete three years of college as a full-time math major, vice president of the Honors Society, and an athlete on the Women’s Cross-Country team. Her energy was endless and worked to help foster and homeless youth in the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Despite the full load, Calderon had a knack for public service and landed an internship with California State Senator Connie Leyva, all while serving in the United States Army Reserve.  

Calderon strongly believes that her tumultuous upbringing as a first-generation college student and woman of color is the reason and drive behind her success. She is eternally grateful for the faculty and staff at Norco College for addressing every basic need and bridging the gap from her disparities to her academic success. Today, Calderon is graduating with two associate degrees in Social & Behavioral Studies and Mathematics. In the fall, she will be transferring to the University of California, Berkeley where she will continue her pre-med journey, while majoring in Mathematics. Her long-term goal is to get into medical school where she can study epidemiology with a focus on diabetic research.  

Calderon is passionate about advocating for social reform and justice, and plans to integrate her medical degree with politics in pursuit of a congressional seat. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and leading an active lifestyle.


Grad Stories​​​​

Grad Story: Tamilore Ajayi

Tamilore Ajayi is graduating this year from Norco College with an associate's degree in Psychology from the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Grad Story: Michael Moreno

Michael Moreno is graduating this spring from Norco College and transferring to California State University, Long Beach.


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