Health, Medical Academy Graduates Receive Degrees from RVCC

Seventeen students from the sixth graduating class of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences received associate degrees from Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) at the College’s Commencement, held May 16 at RVCC’s Branchburg Campus.

The Academy, a partnership between Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) and RVCC, offers challenging educational opportunities to high school students interested in health and medical careers. Students simultaneously earn an Associate of Science Degree in General Science/Pre-Health Professional from RVCC and a high school diploma from SCVTHS.

Academy graduates will be continuing their education this fall at such prestigious four-year institutions as Brown University, Case Western Reserve University, Drexel University, NJIT Honors College, NYU, Queen’s University-Ontario, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey’s seven-year BS/MD program, University of California-Berkeley, University of Connecticut, University of Delaware Honors College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University.

For additional information about the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, visit

Featured image caption: This year’s graduating class of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences includes, bottom row, from left, Kennedy Ralston, Leia Chemmarcheril, Maya Schlesinger, Saloni Lad, Katie Furman, Geneva Magsino, Andrew Kerrigan, and Matthew Allen; and top row, from left, Artemesia Leo, Abishek Shrinet, Jean-Pierre Jacob, Shawn Young, Yesha Parekh, Apurva Swapnil, and Karen Huang. Rohit Rustagi and Emily Wasik are missing from the photo.

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Raritan Valley Community College is an educational community that works to develop critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, promote leadership, encourage social responsibility, support personal growth, and sustain engaged citizenship within a diverse population of students and community members.
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