Colleges Award Over 8,000 Degrees and Certificates to Class of 2018


Riverside Community College District’s colleges celebrated the Class of 2018 with commencement ceremonies on Thursday, June 7. Moreno Valley College’s ceremony will began at 5:30 pm on the campus at College Park; Norco College’s ceremony at 6 pm on the soccer field; and Riverside City College’s ceremony at 6 pm and took place in Wheelock Stadium. 

The three colleges collectively awarded 8,415 degrees and certificates at this year’s commencement ceremonies, 600 more than last year. 

More than 1,000 MVC students have earned a total of 1,640 associate degrees, twice the number of degrees awarded in 2017 and 308 earned certificates. Within the MVC class, 75 students graduated with distinction, earning a grade point average higher than 3.75, with another 222 graduating with great distinction, GPA of 3.3 to 3.69. College officials anticipated 400 students will participate in the commencement ceremony.

NC graduated 1,216 students, awarding 1,732 associate degrees and 479 certificates. College officials are expected 350 students to participate in the commencement. The class includes 151 students graduating with great distinction and 293 earning distinction. Within the graduates are 27 seniors from JFK Middle College High School who earned 69 associate degrees, 28 more degrees than in 2017.  

RCC’s class earned 3,408 associate in arts and science degrees and 848 certificates. Of the graduates, 150 earned the honor of graduating with great distinction, while 464 earned distinction honors. College officials are anticipated 800 students participated in the ceremony. 

Jose Medina, assembly member of the 61st District and chair of the assembly higher education committee, provided the keynote address at RCC’s commencement; Ann Pfeifle, professor of history and the District’s 58th Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, along with student speaker Aimee Wilkins addressed graduates at MVC; and Buck Stevens, professor of theater arts and student speaker Maria Barragan offered remarks to the Class of 2018 at NC.