Lisa Ruckey has been selected to be the Mace bearer at the 2020 Rapphannock Community College virtual commencement ceremony. Tuckey began her career at RCC in 2010 after serving in environmental protection in New York (air quality testing), Florida (State Biologist for the EPA-Tampa) and South Carolina (finfish and shellfish researcher).

Prof. Tuckey earned her BS in Biology from Binghamton (NY) University; her MS in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston (SC) and the Community College Leadership Certificate from Old Dominion University. 

She has received the Professional Excellence in Institutional Responsibility award, the Faculty Recognition award two times and the LEARN award five times.

She has served on the Faculty Senate since its inception as Campus Representative, then as Vice President and now as Faculty Senate president. Tuckey served as Biology Discipline Lead for eight years.

In addition to her duties and accomplishments at RCC, Tuckey has served as a Science Fair Judge for Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School three times and is the Committee Chair for the First Colony Civic Association Park Committee, in Williamsburg, where she lives with her family.

About the Mace

Originally a weapon, the mace has evolved into an ornamental symbol of authority carried before a public official. This sign of office is carried into such gatherings as the British Parliament and the Virginia General Assembly, as well as the Commencement exercises of Rappahannock Community College. King George artist and craftsman Richard Gros constructed the symbolic staff in 1988. Gros used walnut, cherry, holly and pine wood from the two RCC campuses. The sections of the mace include representative features of the college: the flame of learning, the scroll of knowledge, the college gull, and the service region map.

In this formal setting, the symbolism of bearing the mace offers the honoree an opportunity to demonstrate service and leadership to the college, while the college recognizes that individual for service and leadership already given.

RCC’s Virtual Commencement

Rappahannock Community College is holding its spring 2020 commencement ceremony “virtually” on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The virtual ceremony will recognize all RCC students and celebrate their achievements.

During the virtual ceremony, students will hear from Rappahannock Community College President Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy and a special presentation of the National Anthem by RCC Nursing Instructor, Becky White. RCC Associate Degree in Nursing student -- Mathews County’s Lizzette Carter -- will provide the Invocation. RCC’s Class of 2020 student -- Northumberland County’s Beverly Trice -- will provide the commencement address.

“The most special time of the academic year is the celebration of student achievement through a graduation ceremony. This year, the pandemic has robbed us of the opportunity to join together and celebrate our graduates as they walk across the stage. We cannot settle for that outcome. In order to honor our graduates, Rappahannock Community College will hold a virtual commencement!” declared Dr. Kennedy.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be available on RCC’s website at on May 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The Commencement Program will be available on the same page as a web-viewable e-book and as a printable PDF download.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to celebrate together, albeit virtually, and honor the accomplishments of our graduates. We are very proud of the perseverance and determination of our students!” Dr. Kennedy added.


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