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Hunterdon County Board Commissioners attend Raritan Valley Community College Commencement Ceremony

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – The Hunterdon County Commissioners on Saturday  attended the 2023 Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Commencement Ceremony, at the Branchburg campus location.

Director Commissioner, Zach Rich delivered a speech addressing the graduates, their families, distinguished faculty, and guests.

Director Rich offered encouragement and advice to the graduates, “Through personal commitment, sacrifice and hard work, you have reached a major milestone of immense significance. This is a key step in the journey of your lives.”

“We all know that life is full of surprises. Some good, some not so good. But each of those surprises, each twist and turn in our journey, serves as an opportunity for us to learn and grow. Graduates, you are entering a new season in your lives. As you step into the world, remember these lessons: embrace your story, be open to reinvention, and find your “why”. Carry these lessons with you, and you will be well-equipped to navigate the unpredictable seas of life,” Rich said.

The Hunterdon County Commissioner Board continues to be strong supporter of Raritan Valley Community College and the College’s mission.

In July 1987, Somerset County College was renamed Raritan Valley Community College, the state’s first bi-county college when the then Hunterdon and Somerset County Freeholders approved co-sponsorship of the College. Raritan Valley offers over 90 degree and certification programs, a challenging Honors College curriculum and advanced University Center courses. RVCC has long been recognized as one the greatest community colleges in the country, and the Board acknowledges the exceptional educational services and outstanding staff that it offers residents, both in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.

In closing, Director Rich congratulated the RVCC class of 2023, “Graduates, its time to take those first steps into the unknown, to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Trust in yourselves, trust in your journey, and remember that you are the architects of your own destiny.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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