Dr. Michael A. Baston was honored as the seventh president of Rockland Community College at a September 12 gala at the Hilton Pearl River. The celebration, with more than 250 guests, was called “Transforming Through Education.” Dr. Baston’s inauguration ceremony was held the next afternoon in RCC’s Cultural Arts Theater.
Many local Jewish programs are held at the RCC, including the recent Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education’s multicultural film series. Also last spring, 10 students participated in Rockland Community College’s first alternative graduation, when the school’s main commencement ceremony was scheduled on Shavuot. Hillel of Rockland directors Rabbi Dov and Shevy Oliver proposed to senior college officials that the college hold an alternative graduation ceremony to enable students and families observing Shavuot a chance to celebrate their milestone.
Nearly 150 people, including students’ families, community members, college trustees, administrators, and faculty, attended the alternative ceremony on May 24 in the RCC Student Union.