Welcome from Dr. Valerie Roberson
The end of the academic year is always a time of excitement and joy, and the end of the 2020-2021 academic year was an especially jubilant time. I was thrilled to join the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 at RCC’s in-person 45th Commencement Ceremony. The success and pride on display by our graduates, and their friends and families, was palpable. The event truly served as a gateway to a warmer and brighter future.
For the first time in over a year we can focus our time and efforts on the promise the future holds. However, it’s important to take one final look at all we’ve accomplished during the past year.
I am still inspired by everything RCC students, faculty, and staff accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college community came together to support each other through peer mentoring programs, a successful food drive, and more. You’ll learn more about our amazing community of support in this edition of the Gazette.
You will also learn more about the College’s firm commitment to combating the pandemic. In a matter of weeks, we helped to transform the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center into a COVID-19 vaccination site that became a nationwide model for vaccine equity. I am proud of the partnerships we established during this transformation, which will last long into the future.
RCC has remained a beacon of academic excellence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic because of the united efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff. It is because of our exceptional team efforts that AcademicInfluence.com named RCC the second most influential community college in its ranking of the 50 Best Community Colleges in the nation earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy learning more about the College’s accomplishments throughout this edition of the RCC Gazette. And I know you share my excitement as I look toward a better and brighter future.
I look forward to seeing you back on campus over the coming year.