South Suburban College to Host Welcome Celebration for Returning Students and Rucker Cafe

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL – South Suburban College (SSC) will host a welcome back celebration on February 1st, 12 pm – 2 pm, for SSC students and the new eatery Rucker Cafe. The Welcome Back event is an extension of the Spring 2023 Registration Campaign, which encouraged early registration through swag bag items and raffle prizes for students who enrolled before December 31, 2022, and remained registered through the February 1, 2023 deadline. The Welcome Back celebration will announce the student winners of the swag bag items and raffle prizes while inviting the public to enjoy Rucker Cafe. The event will take place in the SSC cafeteria of the main campus in South Holland, with brief commentary from De’Andre Rucker – Rucker Cafe Owner, Dr. Lynette Stokes – President of SSC, and Terry Wells – SSC Board Chairman. Following brief remarks, there will be a short ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rucker Cafe and a general social hour for attendees. To celebrate the official opening of the Rucker Cafe, attendees will receive a complimentary dessert for every meal purchased from 12 pm – 2 pm. In addition, Rucker Cafe will sign up qualifying SSC students to receive a free tablet if they are Pell grant recipients. 

Rucker Cafe opened on January 18 at the SSC main campus in South Holland, Illinois. The cafe offers various menu options, including salads, smoothies, and lunch items. “We are honored and elated to be a part of such a great organization as South Suburban College! Rucker Cafe is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and quality food daily. Thank you again for believing in us and allowing us to serve you daily”, stated De’Andre Rucker.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Zanetta Miller, Executive Director of Public Relations and Resource Development, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 5846, or email

A photo of the Rucker Cafe in South Suburban College
PICTURED: Rucker Cafe located at South Suburban College’s Main Campus located in South Holland, Illinois.