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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 18, 2012) – Raymond Mattes, president and chief executive officer of Retail Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, will be the keynote speaker at Tidewater Community College’s fall commencement  on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Mattes replaces Scott Rigell, U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, who was detained in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 2,300 students will earn associate degrees or certificates at the college’s 55th commencement. Graduation will be streamed live at

An alumnus of the college and current board member of the TCC Alumni Association, Mattes collaborates closely with area business leaders at Retail Alliance, a trade association representing the retail industry. Leading his organization since 2011, Mattes works to foster a positive and productive environment for retail and charitable activities in all of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

 In addition to his associate degree from TCC, Mattes holds a “mini MBA” from Old Dominion University’s Executive Development Center and is a certified association executive with the American Society of Associate Executives.

A Norfolk native, Mattes is a current board member of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, the Downtown Norfolk Council and the Virginia Beach Roundtable. Previously, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Child and Family Services of Eastern Virginia. He also served on the Virginia Beach Education Foundation Board of Directors and is a former board member of the Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association and the Great Neck Athletic Association.


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit