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Commencement Remarks by R.C.C. Alumni Association President Kodjo Agblekpe ‘09

Friday, May 30, 2014

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Thank you Vice President Ms. Cecile M. Regner, Dr. Roberson, faculty, staff, family, friends, Board of Trustees Members, and the Roxbury Community College at Roxbury class of 2014. On behalf of the Roxbury Community College Alumni Association Executive Board Members, congratulations on your graduation. It’s with great pleasure that I welcome each of you to our Alumni Association.

It’s my honor to stand before you today to share this special graduation ceremony with you, our future leaders of tomorrow, as you close this period of your life and begin your new journey. Dr. Martin Luther King postulated that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education”.

I believe that the Roxbury Community College teaches you, empower you with the knowledge and skills to make your dreams come true. To quote Leonard Sweet, “The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create” and it’s true that you create your own future to attend the Roxbury Community College and earn your certificate or associate degree in any major of your choice.

I hope that as you leave Roxbury Community College today, you take with you many loving memories of time spent here at R.C.C. This school has been your second “home” and even sometimes first “home” for these past few years as well as the place you chose to achieve your academic goals because you have to do the school assignments and turn them in to receive your grades. It’s also place for me in the past as student and now I am part of the Alumni Association Executive Board. R.C.C. not only is an exceptional education institution, but it’s a college where the faculty members know you by name and you make new friendship forever.

When we look at the world we live in today, it’s not easy to find a good investment I mean a life time investment. You make the best decision to invest in you and the degree that you take with you today is one of the best human capital investments that you will ever make. Your degree will always remain with you throughout your life and it will definitely pay lasting dividends to you, and to the world including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Malcom X stated that “education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”.

As you maneuver your way through life’s twists and turns, you will be faced with challenges, choices, sorrow and joys. But, no matter where that life takes you- whether you will be a teacher, a doctor, a professor, lawyer, nurse, social worker, early childhood educator, author, and poet like Maya Angelo, U.S. Senator like Elisabeth Warren, U.N. diplomat, an economist, a journalist, a chancellor, a tutor, or public officials, one constant will… you will always be a part of the Roxbury Community College and the Alumni Association for life. Your fellow Alumni can be found in your community, from the Greater Boston, Roxbury, surrounding communities, in United Stated and around the world.

One of the Roxbury Community College Alumni Association main goals is to help you stay connected with your fellow graduates, as well as others who have walked on this stage since 1975. Let me leave you with word of wisdom “patience, self-control, kindness, joy, peace and love” must be your fruit of Spirit. It will empower you to become successful Graduates. I urge each one of you to keep the “Fruit of the Spirit” in mind throughout your life.
On behalf of the Roxbury Community College Alumni Association, congratulations “Class of 2014”. I wish you all the best on your graduation and I hope to meet many of you at future Alumni events this year. Your Alumni I.D. card will be ready this year.

Kodjo Agblekpe,
Roxbury Community College Alumni Association President ‘09




Kodjo Agblekpe

39th Commencement Remarks pdf icon

May, 20th 2014

Dear Member of Class of 2014,  

We are excited to welcome you to the Roxbury Community College Alumni Association (R.C.C.A.A.).  Our association is composed of members from the Greater Boston, Roxbury and surrounding communities.

I urge you to get involved to keep the legacy for future generation of students.  Many graduates of R.C.C joined this association to enhance the students’ academic experience on the campus before and after they graduate.  An important part of our effort is to provide scholarships for students attending Roxbury Community College while keeping former graduates connected and engaged.

Since June 18 2013, Alumni have renewed their commitment and elected new officers. I am very pleased to be part of this achievement as this will allow us to be the most connected-engaged Alumni Association to support the College’s mission.

My future plans as the President of the Alumni are very important for the legacy of R.C.C. Alumni Association.  I pledged to keep the Alumni Association strong, effective and efficient on the campus by:  

  • Reaching out to all R.C.C. graduates both locally and globally with the best technology access we have today to come to our meeting and events.
  • Continuing to work with the school officials to build the most effective and efficient Alumni website in Boston.
  • Teaming up with Student Government Association (S.G.A.) as required to promote students’ academic achievement at Roxbury Community College.
  • Making sure that Alumni committees and Alumni Trustee members are working with the school effectively and efficiently to support the school mission.
  • Making sure that Alumni Ambassadors help the school enroll more students and increase the graduation rate.
  • Team up with the foundation to create, an Alumni scholarship application this year.
  • Making sure Alumni does fundraising event to increase “Students Aid Program” on the campus to support students’ in need.

We welcome all R.C.C. Alumni to become an active member of our Board and participate in our events.  Your time, talent, and treasure are vital to the future generation students at R.C.C.  You can view upcoming events on the R.C.C. Alumni website or access your lifetime R.C.C. email account for updates.  If there is a secondary email account in which you prefer to be contacted please provide by emailing aoneil@rcc.mass.edu.  

To all of our Executive Board members and volunteers who voted on April 9, 2014, to adopt the official R.C.C. Alumni logo, we deeply appreciate you.


Kodjo Agblekpe
Class of ’09, ‘10 and ‘11.
Roxbury Community College Alumni Association Board President

Alumni Events

Upcoming Events:

Please check back for upcoming events.

Past Events:

  • Commencement Remarks by R.C.C. Alumni Association President Kodjo Agblekpe ‘09 pdf icon
  • RCC Alumni Association's Networking Reception on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. (Invitepdf icon)

Monthly Meetings:

  • March 12, 2014
  • April 9, 2014
  • May 14, 2014
  • June 11, 2014
  • July 9, 2014 (Candidate Night)
  • August 13, 2014 (Election Day)
  • September 10, 2014
  • October 8, 2014
  • November 12, 2014
  • December 10, 2014

All meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Room, on the 3rd Floor, of the Media Arts Building, with the exception of June 11, 2014.  All will be notified regarding location of that meeting as we get closer to the meeting date.



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To learn more about Roxbury Community College’s Alumni Association, please contact:

Director of Development, Alumni, and Foundation Affairs

Development and Alumni Office
1234 Columbus Avenue

Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

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