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GOV. KAINE ADDRESSES NEW GRADUATES
TCC's 45th Commencement on Dec. 19 packed the Ted Constant Convocation Center, celebrating nearly 1,600 graduates. Delivering the commencement address, Gov. Tim Kaine congratulated the graduates while humorously noting such speeches are never remembered - including one he gave at his own graduation. Kaine used history to note how far Virginia has come, citing that the state now has over 350,000 students in higher education, ranking among the top few in the nation. He credits community colleges with opening the doors to higher education, adding, "Virginia finally got the message that investing in education is important."( For more photos click here. Click on name to view video of Gov.Tim Kaine's speech or of Student Speaker James Boyd's speech.)
President DiCroce commended the governor for his work on behalf of higher education, noting that TCC would receive nearly $66 million of funds in a bond package announced by Kaine on Dec. 13, which would award South Hampton Roads’ colleges and universities nearly $295 million to pay for construction projects. DiCroce presented Kaine with TCC's pioneering documentary book, Acts of Optimism, to commemorate his address.
Student speaker James Boyd drew a standing ovation as he spoke of a 48-year-old man who found a new life through TCC, like many who find second chances and new paths at the college.
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,