Union City Resident Rogelio ‘Roger’ Sales Named Valedictorian of Hudson County Community College Class of 2012

Posted: 5/22/2012
Jennifer Christopher 201-360-4061 jchristopher@hccc.edu or Roger Jones 201-200-1080 rj@j-a-c.com
Mr. Sales will address fellow graduates, faculty and guests at the College’s 34th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday evening, May 23

Jersey City, NJ – Rogelio “Roger” Sales, who did not think he was “college material” two years ago, will take the stage as the Valedictorian of Hudson County Community College’s Class of 2012 on Wednesday evening, May 23, 2012. The College’s 34th Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ. More than 900 students will be awarded degrees that evening.

Born in Hoboken, Mr. Sales resides in Union City, where he was raised. While working towards his Associate of Arts degree in Elementary/Secondary Education in the College’s Honors Program, he was a member of the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and most recently served as the organization’s Vice President. He was also a member of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for community and junior colleges, and was the Treasurer of the Hudson County Community College Psychology Club.

As a Phi Theta Kappa member and officer, Mr. Sales participated in a number of community projects, including an initiative in which he tutored students in Union City on Saturday mornings. He also volunteered as an ambassador at several of the College’s orientation events for incoming freshman students.

Mr. Sales was also the winner of the 2011 Tutorial Services Writing Contest. In his essay, he explained that it was like to grow up as a Latino in Union City who spoke little or no Spanish.

Sales credits his Phi Theta Kappa advisors Professor Ted Lai and Dr. Lloyd Kahn, as well as his College Composition I Instructor Georgia Spiridakos, for helping him achieve his academic success at the College. He says he also developed certain habits which contributed to that success, including sitting in the front of the classroom (directly before the instructor), making and keeping friends who share his interests and goals, and listening to music as he studies.

Mr. Sales has decided to continue his education on full scholarship at New Jersey City University, which is known for its teaching programs. Sales, who believes it is important to expose children to strong male figures, plans to teach high school English in Union City.

“Rogelio Sales has been a wonderful example for his peers here at Hudson County Community College and he will be a terrific role model as a high school teacher,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. “We are very proud of him and his accomplishments and wish him great success in all of his future endeavors.”

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, the President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Hudson County Community College Commencement Exercises. Additionally, Paul Silverman, co-owner of SILVERMAN, will be presented with the College’s 2012 Heritage Award, an honor that recognizes members of the community who have made significant contributions to the College, and Reverend Robert Reiser, S.J., the President of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, will deliver the invocation.