2021 Commencement Speakers

Caresse Boutler Student Speaker

Caresse Boulter

Caresse Boulter was selected to present the commencement speech and represent RCC’s Class of 2021. Their speech will provide words of encouragement and share experiences with fellow graduates. This year’s student Commencement speaker is a leader who was actively involved in student life and served as the student representative on the College’s Academic Senate.

Boulter is a returning student majoring in Political Science, a participant in the Pathway to Law School program, and is on track to be named a Council on Access and Fairness (COAF) scholar. Their career goal is to become a public defender.

One of Boulter’s fondest memories as a student at RCC was being a delegate competing on the renowned Model United Nations team. “Through this experience I’ve built so much confidence and it taught me leadership skills,” Boulter said. 

“At RCC I’ve made friends, worked with some great faculty and staff, and been taught by some of the most amazing professors who are so dedicated to their work,” Boulter said. “When I leave RCC that will always be with me.”

Boulter is an active member of the community, dedicating time to organizing and leading community efforts throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County. In their free time, they love to cook, play music, and recently acquired a new hobby, making pottery.

Shay Kim ASRCC President

Shay Kim 

Hi Tigers! My name is Shay Kim, and I am so honored to have served as president of Associated Student of Riverside City College. Being a part of a student environment is essential which is why I decided to join ASRCC.

As student leaders, we have made cultivating an environment that embraces coming together to build a better community not only at RCC, but also in the world around us. Love is underrated and not talked about enough. We need to love others and their own backgrounds.

Most of us have great memories of RCC, some on campus and others through virtual experiences. My most memorable experience was being a member of the RCC Marching Tigers, enduring long rehearsals, and enjoying a sense of accomplishment with my fellow members after a show.

Being ASRCC president shaped me into the person I am today. I was a completely different person as a student at Centennial High School. Today, I am confident and full of ambition as I pursue my dream of working alongside top fashion designers as a buyer for top fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton.

As I transition to California State University, Long Beach to study fashion merchandising, I want to thank Professor Monique Greene. Our brief encounter provided direction on what I should do in my career. It definitely had a significant impact on my future.

My advice to new and current students is, take it one-step at a time. Surround yourself with people who don’t make you question your worth! It’s okay to not have your career figured out right away. I promise you that joining a club or another student-led program that involves a community will make your RCC experience more enjoyable.