Union County College will celebrate two Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, Jan. 14. Each ceremony will be led by the College's President, Margaret M. McMenamin. The ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and will be held at the Union County Performing Arts Center at 1601 Irving St. in Rahway. The students graduating during these ceremonies completed their degrees in August or December.
During the 2 p.m. ceremony, degrees will be conferred in Associate in Arts and Associate in Applied Science degrees. During the 6 p.m. ceremony, degrees will be conferred in Associate in Science and Certificates. Union County College offers more than 70 programs.
During the 2 p.m. ceremony, the chair of the faculty will be recognizing a graduate with an award. The Ibtissam Ahmed Abdallah and Marquest S. Thomas Memorial Commencement Award was created in 2015 by the College's Faculty Executive Committee in honor of two students who graduated from the College in May 2011 and died together in a tragic car accident on Nov. 23, 2011, shortly after they were married. All full- and part-time students who completed their degree in August and December are eligible for the award.
To be considered for the award, a graduating student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25; they must have been actively engaged in College life through service in college activities and/or sports and they should have community service outside of the College as well. Students who may have overcome serious personal disabilities such physical disabilities or serious illness will also be considered, as well as veterans and public servants with heroic service to our country.
Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey's 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The college enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.