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Students Participate in the High School Equivalency Recognition Ceremony at RCSJ and Receive a Scholarship

High School Students with President Keating.

In June 2023, approximately 40 graduates participated in the High School Equivalency (HSE) Recognition Ceremony at Rowan College of South Jersey presented by the Career & Technical Education Division. The ceremony took place at RCSJ's Gloucester campus with college administrations, faculty, and staff as well as family and friends attending.  

Joe Spencer, RCSJ's Director of the Career & Technical Education Division, welcomed the soon-to-be graduates, family members, and honored guests.  

A special message was shared by RCSJ's president, Frederick Keating. When beginning his remarks, he surprised the students with a gift. On behalf of RCSJ, President Keating provided each graduate six-college credits for free to continue their academic journey at RCSJ. “This six-credit scholarship," he said, “is a pathway to higher education. When you come up here to receive your diploma and this scholarship, you are shaking hands with opportunity." 

RCSJ's High School Equivalency (HSE) program provides adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma issued by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. After taking classes, if needed, based on a basic skills assessment, students take the HiSET or TASC assessment to earn a diploma. 

Lakeisha Hollmon, a student speaker at the event, shared that she graduates high school as a 38-year-old mom. She took a different path to education after becoming a mom at 15. She is pursuing a career in the healthcare field. 

For more information about the Adult Basic Education (formerly GED) program as well as the High School Equivalency Exam or preparation classes, please contact the Gloucester Campus at 856-468-5000 ext. 6227 or the Cumberland Campus at 856-200-4531 or visit 

Below is the list of participating 2023 HSE ceremony graduates: 

Yasir Ahmad 

Sheharyar Ahmed 

Diana Bautista 

Nathan Broccoli 

Amber Brodbeck 

Yariela Campos Salas 

Joceyln Cruz 

Nya Figueroa 

Kristy Fox 

Rafael Suriel Franklyn 

Alie Gray 

Carly Hager  

Lakeisha Hollmon 

Miriam Huerta 

Nancy Jackson 

Kiyomi Johnson 

Michael Kaighn 

Matthew Koerner 

Danielle Leggett 

Shereen Lombardi 

Xavier Molina 

Anthony Nieves 

Chelsie Palmer 

Aluxus Paradise 

Heribelto Pellot 

Abigail Post 

Michelle Reedy 

Janeth Rodriguez 

Gianna Rosario 

Madison Schugardt 

Monique Simmons-Hadith 

Monique Stewart 

Lisa Thomas 

Nemesis Vazquez 

Gina Whitaker 

Gianna Williams 

Dayton Wadusky 

Lola McNamara 

Gloucester; Cumberland
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