Deptford Twp. – On Thursday, May 11, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty and staff welcomed approximately 100 high school students, along with their family and friends, to the College’s High School Collegiate Scholars Ceremony. The ceremony highlighted the growing number of dedicated young men and women who have demonstrated academic excellence as students at RCGC while concurrently enrolled in high school.
At the conclusion of the spring 2017 semester, 379 students met the criteria to participate in the ceremony – having concurrently enrolled at RCGC while in high school, earned 12 or more credits and maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students from public, private and home schools across seven New Jersey counties were recognized: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem.
Dr. Frederick Keating, President of RCGC, gave a warm greeting to those in attendance: “I am happy to welcome RCGC’s 2017 High School Collegiate Scholars. You have made an invaluable investment by attending RCGC at such a young age. This is a great place to start out, to study and to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your lives. Tonight we are here to celebrate who you are and everything you are about to become.”
Special recognition was given to six students who will be walking in two graduation ceremonies this semester – once for their high school diploma and again for their RCGC associate degree. In addition to these six outstanding scholars, 105 students will graduate high school this year with 30 or more RCGC credits under their belt, 146 with 15-29 credits and 122 with 12-14 credits.
The guest speaker for the evening was Reese Holohan, a 2016 graduate of Williamstown High School. Now a full-time RCGC student who is on-course to graduate in 2018 with his associate degree in mathematics and ambitions to enter the field of education, Holohan was once an eager participant in the High School Options Program, earning 16 college credits and becoming a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society all before his high school graduation.
“The High School Options Program at Rowan College at Gloucester County gave me a great head start,” Holohan told the crowd. “All high schools should be promoting this program and you and I should spread the word to other students. Everyone deserves to know that they have the opportunity to do this.”
With the rising cost of higher education an issue across the nation, Thursday’s group of bright young men and women are travelers on a path to affordable education. RCGC is committed to continuing to develop innovative and budget-minded avenues to make earning a college degree more accessible.
RCGC’s High School Options Program enables high school students age 15 and older to take general education courses at a 65 percent discount that can be applied to an associate degree program or easily transferred to other institutions of higher education. For more information on the program, please visit RCGC.edu/DesignYourFuture.
Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.