Union County College's Class of 2015 is the most successful graduating class in the College's 82-year history. The total number of graduates this year hit 1,505. That's 200 more than the prior year's record.
Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin announced the milestone achievement during the College's annual Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 1. She said, "That's another 1,505 college-educated people to enrich our community. That's not just good for our workforce, it's good for America. As Thomas Jefferson once said, 'An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.'"
This year's graduation total is nearly three times higher than it was five years ago. In addition, the three-year graduation rate for full-time students surpassed 15 percent—which is 5 percent higher than last year and the highest percentage in more than 20 years.
During the Convocation, President McMenamin said to an audience of more than 300 faculty and staff: "There's no secret sauce here, nothing revolutionary. In our classrooms, in our laboratories, in our tutoring centers, and in our advisement offices, you are building a climate and culture that promotes movement toward graduation and the finish line."
The president gave credit to faculty and staff for their commitment to student success. She offered even more accolades to the students themselves, saying "their record of achievement is proof that a little tender-loving-care can go a long way. Given the right amount of support, our students have proven that they can and will succeed."