Rockland Community College’s
64th Commencement Ceremony



The 64th Commencement Ceremony was be livestreamed on the Rockland CC Youtube page at 11 am on May 20, 2024. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


May 20, 2024
Ceremony Begins at 11am
Clover Stadium

(formerly named Palisades Credit Union Park & Boulder Stadium)

Click here for directions to the stadium.

All Summer and Fall 2023 conferred graduates as well as Spring 2024 candidates for graduation are invited to attend an in-person Commencement Ceremony on May 20, 2024 at Clover Stadium, located in Pomona, NY.

Attention Graduates! Check your emails for the link to secure tickets for your guests to attend our upcoming Commencement Ceremony. Remember, graduates do not need tickets for entry.

Graduation Conduct Expectations May 2024

As we celebrate Rockland Community College’s commencement ceremony we would like to remind our attendees of our conduct expectations for our ceremony. This is a joyous celebration for our graduates and their family and friends.

The Rockland Community College Code of Conduct is in effect for this event.

Bags and packages are subject to search upon entry into the event. We recommend that you only bring in what you need while attending graduation.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Containers such as coolers or thermoses are not permitted.
  • Lawn Chairs are not permitted.
  • Banners or signs of any kind are not permitted.
  • Non-Service Animals are not permitted (Emotional Support Animals are not considered Service Animals). If you have special accommodations, please contact [email protected] and copy [email protected] for further assistance.
  • Weapons of any kind, even with a concealed weapons permit are not permitted.

Finally, remember that Rockland Community College reserves the right to remove any persons whose behavior is considered unruly or found illegal.

Follow our social media sites to check out other highlights from the ceremony and our graduates. You can also look up the hashtag #RCCgrad2024 on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

May 20, 2024 at 11AM.

The College will hold an in-person celebration for students and their families at Clover Stadium in Pomona, NY on May 20, 2024 at 11AM. The Ceremony will consist of brief comments from dignitaries followed by a procession of all students in attendance. Each school will be represented by their dean and faculty members.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Ceremony, please email [email protected].

Contact Information

RCC Commencement
[email protected]

Records and Registration
Technology Center
Room 8110
f: 845-574-4499
24/7 Student Hotline: 844-505-8071
[email protected]

Commencement Information Sessions

The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Clover Stadium, in Pomona, NY, on May 20, 2024. Please join one of our information sessions to learn about the Ceremony logistics, graduation photos, regalia (cap & gown), and more.

Monday, April 8, 2024
6:00 pm
Register via Zoom

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(Technology Center, Room 8180)

Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that you are eligible for graduation. During the information session, a representative from Records will be available to answer any questions pertaining to degree requirements and applying for graduation.


Experience the transformative power of education through the perspective of a first-generation student as they read endearing letters from their loved ones congratulating them on graduating from Rockland Community College.

Alfred Medina, Jr.


Alfredo Medina, Jr., Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer
Bennington College, Bennington, VT

Alfredo Medina, Jr. is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer at Bennington College. Dr. Medina is a strategic, thought leader with a career that spans 30 years in the not-for-profit and higher education sector with a focus on diversity, inclusion, equity, civic and public engagement, coalition-building, fundraising, risk management, and compliance.

As Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer at Bennington College, Dr. Medina plays an integral role in strengthening the campus climate and striving to collectively create an institutional culture that is both anti-racist and equitable. Since arriving in June 2021, Dr. Medina has worked tirelessly and collaboratively with all campus constituents, including alumni and the Board of Trustees, to bring impactful, measurable, and sustainable change to Bennington College. For example, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Medina’s leadership contributed to recruiting the most diverse faculty cohort in academic year 2022 – 2023 with more than 75 percent of newly hired faculty belonging to a minoritized group. Similarly, Dr. Medina worked collaboratively with Enrollment Management to recruit the largest and most diverse undergraduate classes in the history of Bennington College (Class of 2024 and 2025), with 20% self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and 19% as international with a large concentration of students hailing from Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Dr. Medina’s other notable accomplishments include establishing Tapestry, the first-ever BIPOC Affinity Group for faculty and staff; establishing the College’s Multicultural Space to support student diversity-related activities and designate a space that fosters and instills a sense of community and belongingness; in collaboration with faculty, establishing the Faculty Committee on Antiracism, Equity, and Inclusion (AEI) to address academic-related policies and practices rooted in systemic racism, and most recently, was instrumental in assisting the Crossett Library achieve the inaugural 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest publication focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Before joining Bennington College, Dr. Medina was the Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement, Associate Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and Special Adviser for Educational Engagement at Capital South Campus Center at the University of Albany. During his tenure at the University at Albany, Dr. Medina reorganized public engagement from a grassroots project-focused unit to a strategic-based and data-driven unit working collectively and collaboratively across the university and strengthening relationships — local to global. As a result, his leadership led to the University at Albany receiving the national distinction as a 2020 Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification institution, the gold standard for community engagement.

His other notable accomplishments included co-chairing the President’s Task Force for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and serving as a key institutional liaison with Excelencia in Education on Hispanic/Latinx matters. His efforts led to the University at Albany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) being recognized as a finalist for the “Examples in Excelencia” award in 2020. In 2018, Dr. Medina was nominated by President Havidán Rodríguez, the 20th President of the University at Albany, for the inaugural SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI). The HLI is designed to identify, develop, recruit, and support, retain, and foster the success of Hispanic/Latinx leaders at the University President and President’s Cabinet level.

Dr. Medina was the former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Siena College. During the early part of his career, he held management and executive leadership roles with the Urban League of Northeastern New York, a not-for-profit committed to advancing antiracism and social justice in communities of color, particularly serving African American residents living in twenty-two counties.

Dr. Medina is a well-respected national expert on DEI matters and the recipient of numerous accolades for his community engagement, social justice, and coalition-building work. He was named a 2010 Albany Business Review 40 Under Forty honoree, a 2011 Latino Rising Star recipient by New York Hispanic Coalition, Inc., a 2012 Appreciation Outstanding Leadership Award by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a 2013 Excelsior Award honoree by the Albany Latin Festival Association for his contributions to the Hispanic/Latinx community, and a 2016 Impact Agent Honoree by Strive Together, Incorporated for his work on addressing summer melt involving high school graduates and increasing access to and completion of FAFSA applications in the City of Albany.

Dr. Medina holds a doctorate in educational policy and leadership and master’s degrees in educational administration and policy studies, and educational psychology and statistics from the University at Albany. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Utica College of Syracuse University and is an alum of the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Medina is a proud first-generation Afro-Dominican college graduate from Washington Heights in New York City. He has four children and resides in Albany, NY.


Suzette Mcdonald-Brown

Suzette Mcdonald-Brown, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, is a devoted wife, mother of two, foster mom of one, and grandmother of two. She embarked on her academic journey at RCC, graduating last year with an Associate in Natural and Physical Science. Now, Suzette is set to graduate with an associate in nursing, driven by her passion for healthcare. Her favorite bible verse, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” reflects her resilient spirit. Currently pursuing her BSN at Chamberlain University, Suzette aspires to contribute her skills to an emergency room setting, where she can make a meaningful impact in patient care.

Suzette Mcdonald-Brown

SUNY Chancellor's Award Recipients

Apply for Graduation

To obtain a degree or certificate from Rockland Community College, students must apply for graduation.  Students who believe they have met all degree requirements must complete the online Application for Graduation form in order to notify Records & Registration to review their academic history. Records & Registration will notify the student of their eligibility for graduation or outline the student’s remaining course requirements.

In order to have your name appear in the Commencement Ceremony program, a potential Spring 2024 graduate must complete the Application for Graduation by May 3, 2024. Applications can be completed after the deadline but your name may not appear in the Commencement program.

  • Minimum of a 2.00 GPA is required for graduation
  • Degree-seeking graduates are required to have 60+ credits and certificate-seeking students must have 25+ credits

Steps to apply for graduation:

  1. Check that you have completed all of your degree requirements in your Self-Service Student Profile by clicking “View DegreeWorks Audit.” Contact your Faculty or Student Success Advisor if you need assistance.
  2. Complete the online Application for Graduation.
  3. Pay the $30 fee that will be charged to your account. This charge will appear 7 – 10 days after completing the Application for Graduation.

After you apply to graduate, Records & Registration will review your application and degree requirements to confirm your eligibility to graduate. Upon review, a response will be sent to your college-issued email.  If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Commencement Program or Graduation Application, please email:

Commencement Program[email protected]

Graduation Application[email protected]

Order Your Cap & Gown

We are no longer accepting regalia orders. If you have purchased regalia, please pick up your order before May 12. The details of how to pickup your cap and gown were sent to your college-issued email after you applied and were approved for graduation. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Pickup Location: Game Room, First Floor of Student Union, Room 3102

Pickup Hours (May 2 – May 12)
Monday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


In commemoration of this momentous milestone, we have made arrangements with a professional photography company to take photos of our RCC graduates. You must schedule the time and date to take your photos using the link below. All photos will be taken in the Student Union, Room 3214.

Students must bring their regalia with them as it will not be provided at the event.

Monday, May 6, 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, May 7, 8 am – 5 pm
Monday, May 13, 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, May 14, 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 8 am – 5 pm

decorated graduation caps

Graduate Salute

Decorate your cap for graduation. Student Involvement will be hosting cap decoration stations as a part of their Grad Salute. Stop by Student Involvement in the Student Union, Room 3208, to grab your materials before joining the other graduates decorating their caps at the tables in the Student Union Upper Lobby!

Dates: May 6 – 10 and May 13 – 17, 11 am – 3 pm
Location: Student Involvement, Room 3208 (supplies) and Student Union Upper Lobby (tables for decorating)

Student Loan Information Session

If you have borrowed student loans and want to learn more about your repayment responsibility after graduation, please contact Edwin Rivadeneyra at [email protected] to book an appointment. Appointments are available from May 13 through May 24.

During your personal counseling session you will be provided with: contact information for your loan service provider; glossary of key loan terminology; specific dates for when your first payment will be due; a breakdown of the various repayment options available; an opportunity to clarify any questions you may have regarding your student loans.


Leave your legacy by inspiring and sharing common experiences with your graduating peers. The student who is selected to represent the graduating class will deliver their speech during the Commencement Ceremony.

Applicants must be graduating students with a minimum of a 2.00 GPA and showcase leadership, service and RCC pride!

Complete the Application for Student Speaker by Tuesday, April 30 at 5 pm. If your application is selected, finalists will be contacted for an interview.

Thank you for your interest. It is a great honor and privilege to represent your graduating class as the student speaker. For more information, contact Michael Albin, Director of Student Involvement at [email protected].

Watch the 2023 Commencement Student Speaker

Frequently Asked Questions

Please continue to check this document as it is updated frequently.

Students who are set to complete all degree requirements for August 2023, December 2023, and Spring 2024 may participate in graduation. Please confirm your eligibility with Records by applying for graduation.

Although we would love to celebrate everyone, only those who took the necessary measures to complete the form and have received confirmation to attend commencement will be allowed to walk. Commencement confirmation is separate from the email that you receive from records after you have applied for graduation. It is important to read and respond by the deadlines so that you are accounted for as we must plan according to those who have confirmed their attendance by the deadline specified on the form.

In commemoration of this momentous milestone, we have made arrangements with a professional photography company to take photos of our RCC graduates. You must schedule the time and date to take your photos using the link below. All photos will be taken in the Student Union, Room 3214.

Photos will be taken May 6 – 7 and May 13 – 15 from 8 am – 5 pm. Please register to have your photo taken.

Kindly be reminded that you must apply for graduation and order your regalia, prior to the week of pictures.

The graduation photo session is an RCC-sponsored event; therefore students must bring their regalia with them, as it will not be provided at the event.

You will receive a link at a later date that will ask you to confirm if you will be attending commencement. There will be additional information that you must provide on the form to secure your spot. The link will only be sent to those who have applied and were approved to participate in commencement by the Office of Records.

Students must apply for graduation, after approval by the Office of Records, your name will be added to the list of graduates for 2024 (please note, processing will take a few days). You will be sent a link with information on how to order your regalia to your RCC email. The deadline for ordering your regalia is May 3, 2024. You will need your Student ID number to place your order. Please note that your ID number is under the Student Profile section in Banner (number beginning with R00). Regalia will not be shipped home. All students must pick up their regalia in person. You will be sent an email once the Regalia arrives with information about where and when you may come pick it up.

The cost of regalia will be $30 (The full cost is $60. Students pay $30 when they arrive to pick up their regalia. SGA covers the remaining $30).

Please note, you will not be able to purchase regalia at the bookstore. Please follow the above instructions if you would like to order regalia.

Students must order regalia by May 3, 2024. All students must have RCC regalia to walk in commencement no exception.

Students must pay a $30 graduation application fee.  In addition, when you pick up your regalia, you will be required to pay $30. These fees are separate.

Yes, Student Involvement will be hosting events the week before Commencement. Please continue to check your RCC email for more information. They will also be listed online at

There will not be a rehearsal. Students are encouraged to attend one of the Grad Info sessions to hear more about what to expect for commencement. The sessions are currently scheduled for March 26 and April 17, 2024 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm in the Ellipse. You will be able to ask questions during this event.

Graduates are encouraged to wear semi-formal dress for the celebration and all students must have on RCC regalia to participate in commencement, exceptions. Regalia must be purchased prior to commencement.

Flats or wedges are recommended.

Commencement is a graduation ceremony to celebrate this memorable moment of your success. We encourage you to attend and celebrate your accomplishments.

Graduates will receive a “Name Card” upon arrival on the day of the ceremony. The “Name Card” is used to read your name as you walk across the stage. Your name is announced from this card, so please spell your name phonetically (So‧phi‧a) to assist the reader with the correct pronunciation. In addition, please ensure that you have a pen with you the day of the event.

Yes, you must apply to graduate, regardless of ceremony participation. For information on how to apply for graduation, visit Click Here for Graduation Application.

No, if students do not choose to take part in any ceremony, but their academic requirements are met, students will receive their diplomas in the mail.

Your diploma will be mailed to the address on file with Records, approximately one month after Commencement–as long as you do not have any outstanding financial obligations, and all graduation requirements have been met.

Questions about graduation eligibility should be sent to Records by email at [email protected].
Questions about the Ceremony should be sent by email to [email protected].

Please plan for two hours.

Yes, the commencement venue, which is at the stadium, is accessible for individuals with mobility impairments.

Yes, there are designated seating areas for guests with disabilities available at the stadium.

Two ASL interpreters will be present on the field, and their interpretations will be displayed on the jumbo screen for visibility.

Yes, you can bring your service animal to the commencement ceremony. For further information or to provide details about your service animal, please email [email protected].

Yes, staff members who volunteer for the event will be available to assist with navigating the venue. If you require additional assistance or have specific needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Yes, there will be a lift on stage to accommodate individuals with mobility impairments.

If you require additional time to cross the stage, please email [email protected] to notify us of your needs. Rest assured, it will not be a problem.

No, however, please be mindful that your peers will also be celebrating and will have guest as well.

There are no tickets needed for students or guests to attend. Students who have applied for graduation through the office of records will receive the link to RSVP to attend the commencement ceremony at a later date.