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For 55 years, Hispanic Heritage has been observed in the United States. Under the leadership of President Lyndon Johnson, it began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. Fast forward twenty years to 1988, when President Ronald Reagan expanded the observation from one week to a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
Each year since 2009, RVC has conducted a Sankofa Ceremony and Celebration. This year's ceremony was held on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the Stenstrom Center for Career Education. Sankofa is not a graduation; instead, like many other similar cultural celebrations, it is considered a rite of passage, a moment when a society or community recognizes that some of its members have reached a milestone and will move on to the next steps in their journeys.
Students with disabilities often face challenges academically as a result of their disability or because of the stigma surrounding disability. One honor society seeks to change that. Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society (DAP) is one of the only collegiate honor societies for students with disabilities.
Rock Valley College will host a Science Olympiad Regional Competition for over 300 middle and high school students on Saturday, March 18, 2023. The event will take place from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on the RVC main campus (3301 N. Mulford Rd.), with an awards ceremony at 4:00 pm.