Rock Valley College

Ann Zach Selected as Student Speaker for RVC Commencement

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516

Ann ZachAnn Zach has been selected as the Student Speaker for Rock Valley College’s 2020 commencement ceremony.

This year’s ceremony was originally scheduled for Friday, May 15, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been transitioned to a virtual ceremony that will make its debut online on Friday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Ann is graduating with honors from the Dental Hygiene program, completing the journey she began at RVC in the fall of 2018. She served as the active President of the Dental Hygiene Club since the fall of 2019 and earned recognition on the Dean’s List in two of her semesters at RVC. 

Ann was nominated for the honor of Student Speaker by Marie Navickis, Dental Hygiene Program Chair, who said of Ann, “Ann has overcome adversities that delayed her educational pursuits. She takes the initiative to coordinate volunteer opportunities for herself and her peers. She has also volunteered many hours of community service. This has all been while working to meet living expenses and Dental Hygiene Program costs. We feel Ann's dedication, leadership skills, and passion for the Dental Hygiene profession make her an excellent choice to address this year’s graduating class.”

When asked about her volunteer work, Ann’s passion for helping people shines through in her response.

“The impact that a human being can have on someone else could genuinely change their entire course. Serving the community doesn't always have to be a grand gesture. It might just be giving a word of encouragement or hope to a family member or a friend when they need direction. The little things do make a difference and they do give others hope.”

Ann is truly honored to have been selected by the committee to be this year’s Student Speaker and believes it validates her journey at RVC. She is grateful to be able to share some encouraging words to her fellow graduates who will be confined at home this year instead of being together to celebrate graduation. 

Like every graduate this year, Ann has many people to thank for helping her along the way. She has a special relationship with her mother and credits her for always reminding her that she was meant to do this. She wants to thank her father for his support and for always making sure she was taken care of and safe. And finally, she thanks her friends for their patience and support, and all of her family and friends who sat countless hours in her dental hygiene chair so she could hone her skills. 

Ann was home-schooled through high school. She grew up in Crystal Lake, IL, and now resides near McHenry County.