Led by members of Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, more than 1,000 Essex County College students kicked off their commitment to earn their college degree at a rally held at the Newark, New Jersey, campus.
The November rally unveiled a display of mock diplomas to symbolize those students who made the commitment to graduate. Students who signed the pledge were also given green wristbands as a symbol of their goal.
Alpha Theta Theta Chapter President Carla Alvarez said that when the students began collecting signatures, they were expecting about 300 to sign the pledge, “It’s impressive that so many students signed and makes us happy that we have classmates who really care about their education.”
Essex County College President Edythe M. Abdullah, who spoke at the rally, praised the students, “There is a certain camaraderie that the students are feeling as a result of the Completion Project. Those students who have pledged to complete their degree are getting a real sense of the support system that is available to them – not only from the faculty and staff that provide Essex County College’s excellent student support services, but also from their fellow students, who are equally motivated to complete their education.”
“Having served as superintendent at both the municipal and county levels, I am extremely impressed by both the motivation and determination of these honor students who have shown such drive in motivating their fellow students to complete their college degrees,” said college Board of Trustees member Dr. Lawrence Feinsod, county executive superintendent of education. “I have full confidence that their forward momentum will encourage students to graduate in three years.”