Rappahannock Community College will hold its 45th annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12 at the Warsaw Campus. Among the speakers who will address the audience will be Evon Cobb, who will graduate that day herself. Ms. Cobb is the Class of 2017 representative and will share the stage with other academic and business luminaries.
The path to educational and career goals was not traditional for Cobb. After 15 years working as a supervisor with the Department of Juvenile Services in Maryland, Cobb decided to return to school to pursue her childhood career dreams.
Before coming to RCC, she says her job pertained of counseling “juveniles that were on home detention.” After her retirement, she says, “I had the time to put into my schooling and education, so I took advantage of that opportunity.”
She chose to attend classes at the King George RCC Site because “the timing and financing was good for me,” she says.
“I felt like I was finally getting something toward what I had always wanted to do before I retired,” she said of her excitement returning to school. Although she’d put off her education previously, Cobb said, “it was rewarding [and] challenging, but at the same time I always felt hopeful that I was always going to make it there.”
Finally, after many years of dreaming, Cobb is graduating this weekend, May 12, 2017, with her Associates of Arts and Science degree. “I found the professors very, very accommodating,” she says, reflecting on her experience with RCC. “Having the whole staff being available in a professional way for me … I knew that support was always there if I needed it.”
After graduating, Cobb plans to transfer to George Mason University to pursue a major in Islamic studies. Her influence, she says, “Since I was young [I] was interested in theology. And being a Muslim, I still want to learn more deeply on my about my religion as well as other religions.”
Although she faced challenges such as due date conflictions and time management, she says, “I’m glad I didn’t give up, because it was definitely worth me doing that.” She continues, “I didn’t just chicken out and say that’s not for me because I’m older. I did it, and I did it at the age that I am so that I must say I am glad that I did that for myself.”
To encourage those pursuing degrees at RCC, she says, “It’s worth going, and the support is there for you, so don’t ever feel that you don’t have the support. RCC has the support there for you and the guidance.” — Mary Ashley Cline