Rockford Promise celebrates record number of graduates
This past weekend was a big one for Rockford Promise and its Scholars. Twenty-two Scholars completed either two-year or four-year degrees at Rock Valley College, Rockford University and Northern Illinois University.
The record number of graduates adds to the growing list of Rockford Promise success stories. Since Rockford Promise began investing in full two-year or four-year tuition scholarships:
* 50 Scholars have earned their associate’s degree from Rock Valley College. * 6 have completed RVC certification programs. * 8 have earned their bachelor’s degree from Rockford University. * 3 have gone from RVC to earn bachelor’s degree at schools other than RU.
For many of this past weekend’s graduates, the ceremony was just a step in the educational process. Many of the RVC graduates are continuing on to earn their four-year degrees. Some of our Scholars are going directly to graduate school in the fall.
For some, this weekend was the final step before entering their chosen professions and several of those are utilizing their talents locally.
Here’s a look at our spring 2022 graduates!
Erica Stevia Inkale, a Rockford East graduate, was part of Rockford Promise’s first Rock Valley College cohort in 2016-2017. She graduated from RVC in 2019 and transferred to Northern Illinois University. She was one of two former Rockford Promise Scholars to graduate from NIU this May. She worked her way through NIU. Erica is a caseworker at Lifescape in Rockford and has future plans to get a Master’s degree in international business.
Magdaleno Mendoza, a Jefferson graduate, was part of Rockford Promise’s second Rockford University in 2017-2018 and he joins the other in the cohort, Vanessa Peoples, as an RU graduate!