Graduates smilingOn Thursday, November 9 families, friends, and staff came together to celebrate the achievement of 35 students who received their high school equivalency diploma through Rockland BOCES and SUNY RCC. The ceremony was one which conjured pride in all those in attendance.

“So many of you have had to overcome obstacles to get to this point today, and we are proud to stand here tonight and celebrate this journey with you,” said Dr. Charlene Jordan, District Superintendent of Rockland BOCES.

Brief remarks were also offered by RCC Executive Vice President Susan Deer, Associate VP, Academic & Community Partnerships Thomas Della Torre, Rockland BOCES Director of Adult & Continuing Education, Chris D’Ambrese, and several graduating students including Rachel Zareb and Diane Flohr. Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, who signed the student’s diploma’s, was also in attendance.

This is the third year New York State offered the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which is generally acknowledged as more difficult than the previous GED exam first introduced in 1942. Many graduates cited their children as the reason for their perseverance. For more information on preparation courses for the TASC exam, visit

TASC graduates at ceremonyGraduate with Ken Zebrowski