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Rain alters Rowan College at Burlington County’s graduation plans


Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) will hold five indoor commencements instead of two outdoor graduation ceremonies because of the extensive rain forecast throughout the week.

“We had really hoped to celebrate on our new quad, but we’re not going to let a little rain damper the spirit of hundreds of graduates who worked so hard to achieve their degrees,” RCBC Acting President Michael Cioce said. “Our plans have changed, but the most important thing is that graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony and have their achievements recognized by the college community.”

Under the rain plan, Thursday’s Health Sciences ceremony will move inside Votta Hall at the same time – 5 p.m.

Friday’s Liberal Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ceremony will be split into four ceremonies throughout the day all held inside Votta Hall.

  • 9:30 a.m. – Business, Education and Law majors with remarks from Student Government Association President Altana West.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors with remarks from Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences majors with remarks from Valedictorian Madison Weller.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Liberal Arts and Sciences majors with remarks from keynote speaker The Rev. Aubrey Fenton.

See below for a complete list of majors for each ceremony.

Ticketing: Because of the limited number of seats in Votta Hall for graduates and their guests, each graduate will be given two tickets at Thursday’s graduation rehearsal scheduled for 10 a.m. in Votta Hall. Additional guests are welcome to watch a livestream of the broadcast on campus in the Student Success Center. The stream will also be available off campus at rcbc.edu.

To ensure every graduate is recognized, each ceremony will include just one featured speaker.

Business, Education and Law majors: Accounting, Accounting Technology, Business Administration, Business Management, Business Technology, Criminal Justice, Education and Paralegal.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors: Alternative Engineering Technology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Automated Drafting, Computer Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Servicing and Networking Technology, Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking Support / Servicing, Construction Management, Electronics Engineering Technology, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Math, Physics, Sustainable Energy Studies, Fashion Product Merchandising, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Fashion Design, Culinary, Pastry, Cooking and Baking, and Hospitality.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences majors: Art, Photography, American Sign Language, Communication Arts, English, History, Music, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communication Arts, Entertainment Technologies, Human Services, and International Studies.

Liberal Arts and Sciences majors: Liberal Arts and Sciences majors (AS.LSC degrees only).