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RCBC will celebrate two graduation ceremonies in May

RCBC 2018 Valedictorian Madison Weller

For the first time in its history, Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) will hold two commencements on its brand-new quad in front of the state-of-the-art Student Success Center.

The college is holding one ceremony for Health Sciences students at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 and another for Liberal Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Both events are presented by Whole Foods Market and will feature different keynote addresses.

“As a former RCBC trustee, and now Freeholder Director, I have seen first-hand how Burlington County has invested in our students and this institution. The students graduating have also invested in themselves and their futures,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs. “The transformation of the Mount Laurel Campus is a true representation of how we continue to provide our students with access to affordable education and I look forward to the many things the graduates will accomplish.”

This year’s keynote speakers are Virtua Health System President and CEO Dennis W. Pullin for the Health Sciences ceremony and the Rev. Aubrey Fenton, lead pastor for the Abundant Life Fellowship Church, for the Liberal Arts and STEM ceremony.

“This is a great time to celebrate our students’ successful transformation through education,” said RCBC Acting President Michael Cioce. “Our students have worked incredibly hard toward their educational and career goals with the support and guidance of dedicated faculty and staff throughout the college. I can’t wait to shake their hands as they receive their diploma in the center of the Mount Laurel Campus.”

Madison Weller, of Lumberton, earned the distinction of class valedictorian among more than two dozen students who had perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Weller, who plans to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Writing at Rowan University, has already begun a career in marketing and communications. After interning with the college’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Weller has secured a full-time position as assistant director of Marketing and Client Services for the Moorestown-based law firm, Posternock Apell.

“Rowan College at Burlington County gave me the direction I needed to go directly from classroom to career as I continue to pursue further degrees at Rowan University,” Weller said. “I am incredibly grateful for many wonderful faculty members, classmates and staff who have helped me achieve, and exceed, my goals.”

Whole Foods Market provided food for all students, faculty and staff at both ceremonies. InFlight, LLC is providing drone photography.

About our commencement speakers:

Dennis W. Pullin started at Virtua in 2017 after serving as president of MedStar Harbor Hospital and senior vice president of MedStar Health. Prior to leading MedStar Harbor, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

He has several leadership positions in healthcare management and was chosen as one of South Jersey Biz’s Top CEOs/CFOs in 2017.

Virtua and RCBC have an extensive partnership that has increased employment opportunities for students and educational benefits for Virtua associates.

Pullin’s complete bio is available here.

The Rev. Aubrey Fenton is the lead pastor of the Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Edgewater Park where he was instrumental in the award-winning Living Spring Campus development that provides homes for senior citizens, military veterans who have a disability and those with developmental disabilities.

Fenton, who received the meritorious award for outstanding public service to Burlington County from the Greater Delaware Valley Branch of the NAACP of Burlington County, served as a Burlington County freeholder and a trustee of RCBC.

Fenton’s complete bio is available here.