Fall 2016 Commencement

Monday, December 19, at 6 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center

TCC's 63rd Commencement Exercises will be held Monday, December 19, at 6 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University, 4320 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk. Map and directions

Graduates: download and print your Graduate Name Card

Learn more about graduation

Commencement ceremony information

Arrival & tickets
Students should arrive by 4:30 p.m. Parents and family members should plan to arrive well in advance of 6 p.m. Admission is open to all; TCC doesn't issue tickets. The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.

Parking
No parking permit is necessary. Parking is available in the garages located at the corner of 43rd Street and Hampton Boulevard. Designated handicapped parking is on the first floor of the 43rd Street parking garage and the second floor of the 45th Street parking garage. There is also a drop-off location on 45th Street.

Check in & assembly
All graduates should report to the Ted Constant Center wearing the appropriate regalia. Leave your purse and any other valuables with family or friends. Guests and children are not permitted in the graduate assembly area.

Special accommodations
Students who need special accommodations should contact the Office of Educational Accessibility to make arrangements.

Photos & videos
The commencement ceremony will be live-streamed on TCC’s website and YouTube channel. No individual photos are taken of graduates at the ceremony. You are encouraged to share your photos on TCC’s social media pages  using the hashtag #TCCGrad16. Guests will not be permitted on the floor near the stage to take pictures during the ceremony.

Questions about the commencement ceremony? Call the Info Center at 757-822-1122.

Keynote speaker: Kenny Alexander

Norfolk Mayor Kenny AlexanderKenny Alexander, a native of Norfolk and the city’s first African-American mayor, was elected on May 3 after two decades of public service. He served in the Senate of Virginia from 2012 to 2016, where he was a member of the committees on Commerce and Labor, Finance, Transportation, and Privileges and Elections.

Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2012, representing the 89th District. Alexander is currently a member of the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance and the Greater Norfolk Corporation.

Alexander, who took classes in mortuary science at John Tyler Community College in Chester, holds a bachelor’s in political science from Old Dominion University and a master’s in diplomacy from Norwich University. He is working toward his doctorate in leadership and change through Antioch University. Alexander is a 1985 graduate of Lake Taylor High School.

He remains president of Metropolitan Funeral Service. He and his wife, Donna, have two school-aged children, Kenneth II and David.

Preparing for commencement

Instructions and details regarding commencement will be mailed to all graduation applicants approximately one month prior to the ceremony. Here is important information to help you prepare for the ceremony.

Cap & gown
Caps, gowns, tassels and cords are available for purchase at all Barnes & Noble at TCC campus locations. A cap, gown, tassel and stole set costs $44.98. Campus bookstores will also sell individual items if needed.

Honor cords
Students must purchase their own honor cords at Barnes & Noble Bookstore when they purchase their regalia.

Phi Theta Kappa stoles
PTK regalia is the member's responsibility. Regalia can only be purchased online at the PTK store.
 

Meet a few Fall 2016 TCC graduates

Terrance Howell

"I would not be where I am today without TCC."

Stephanie Lawrence

From so-so high school student to college graduate: “Nothing was going to stop me”

Luz Middleton

"When I started taking my social sciences classes, I felt like this is it for me. This is something I can enjoy for the rest of my life."

Alex Fletcher

"When you get to a job site and someone sees that you went to TCC, they automatically know that you went to an amazing program."

Nicole Brailer

"My future plans are to transfer to William & Mary and then I want to teach math."