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Attorney Gen. Robert McDonnell addressed TCC graduates

Virginia Attorney Gen. Robert McDonnell


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 9, 2008) – Virginia Attorney Gen. Robert McDonnell gave the commencement speech (video) for Tidewater Community College’s 46th graduation exercises on Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. Approximately 1,400 students graduated with associate degrees, certificates or diplomas. (Photos)

The evening also featured:

  • In a special presentation, TCC President Deborah DiCroce confered an honorary degree of Associate of Humane Letters on Richard S. Bray, president and chief executive officer of the Beazley Foundation and retired judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
  • The student speaker for the class of 2008, Kimm Hall, delivered her speech (video) after the new graduates crossed the stage. Hall, a mother of four, graduates with a degree in Health Information Technology

 Attorney Gen. McDonnell has held the post of Attorney General of Virginia since January 2006. During his tenure he has focused on issues intended to keep Virginia’s citizens safe from crime, including the enactment of a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for violent sexual predators, cracking down on dealers who sell drugs to children, protecting Virginians from threats of terror, internet crime and identity theft.

Before his election to Attorney General, McDonnell served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 14 years, representing the 84th District. Prior to that, he was a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office, and for 14 years was a partner at the law firm of Huff, Poole and Mahoney, P.C. He holds an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame, a master of  science degree in business administration from Boston University and a master’s degree and law degree from Regent University. McDonnell served 21 years in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife, Maureen, have five children.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions 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, visit