Raritan Valley Community College awarded associate degrees and certificates to more than 1,300 at its commencement held Saturday at the college’s Branchburg campus.
Clint Wallace, Sanofi senior vice president of Human Resources, North America, and Global Head of HR, Digital and Analytics, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree during the ceremony.
The program featured RVCC student commencement speaker Aya Younes of Piscataway, formerly of Branchburg.
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Younes was born in the United States, and she and her family moved to Fez, Morocco, when she was 3.
She moved back to the United States in January 2017 and started at RVCC taking ESL classes, quickly progressing to the college’s Honors College in fall 2018. She is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, double-majoring in Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Medical Professional.
While at RVCC, Younes has been a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and served as vice president of the Muslim Student Association and vice president of the ESL Club.
She has received several honors, including RVCC’s Academic Award for Pre-Pharmacy and the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Graduate Achievement Award.
Younes will be attending the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University this fall on a full scholarship.
Bick Treut of Somerville, professor of Communication Studies, delivered the faculty commencement address.
Treut, who is in his 17th year with the college, assisted in developing RVCC’s Digital Media/Film Studies program.
Before teaching, he was senior partner for 20 years at a small advertising and marketing consultancy and was a reporter at the Hunterdon County Democrat for two years.
Treut received a bachelor of science in Radio/TV Production from Emerson College and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Ohio University. He is pursuing his doctorate in General Psychology at Capella University.
The other graduates speaking during the ceremony included Sakshi Kulshrestha of Montgomery, who introduced the commencement speaker, and David Iglesia of Branchburg.
After immigrating to the United States from New Delhi, India, in May 2016, Kulshrestha found a sense of belonging at RVCC, became a leader on campus, and was active with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Government Association, Rotaract and Enactus.
An Honors College student with a 4.0 grade point average, she was selected for the prestigious Sanofi Corporate Mentorship Program at RVCC. Kulshrestha received the Academic Award for Business Administration – General Business.