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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 20, 2010) – Tidewater Community College’s 51st graduation exercises were held on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. More than 1,900 students earned associate degrees or certificates.

Marie V. McDemmond, chair of the Lumina Foundation for Education and president emerita of Norfolk State University, where she served from July 1997 through January 2006, delivered the commencement address. (Full bio)

In addition to the commencement address, TCC’s celebration included remarks by the selected Student Speaker, Joyce Hartman, who earned her associate degree in business and has been accepted into the University of Virginia Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, delivered at TCC.

Commencement exercises featured announcement of TCC’s Alumni Association (full news release), with an immediate 100,000 members – students with 24 or more credit hours. Anyone who has taken a class at TCC can join by contacting the association,

In addition to events that allow alumni to reconnect with each other and the college, TCC will offer alumni programs and services for lifelong learning, growth and career success. The first TCC Alumni Association event takes place at the William & Mary vs. Old Dominion University basketball game on Feb. 26 at ODU.

TCC launched another new tradition with the singing at graduation of the college’s recently discovered alma mater. The song, written in 1972 by alumnus Danny Edwards, was unearthed during a review of archival materials prior to the July dedication of the new Portsmouth Campus.

Alma Mater

By Atlantic’s crystal waters, ‘neath the blue Virginia sky,
Stands our noble Alma Mater, where our heart shall e’er abide.
May she always grow and prosper, long may she prevail.
TCC forever onward, Alma Mater hail, all hail.

Also adding to commencement pageantry, the processional featured banners representing degrees and credentials: Associate of Science; Associate of Applied Science; Associate of Applied Arts; Associate of Arts; Certificate. TCC officially opens and closes each commencement with the faculty marshal bearing a custom-designed crystal mace as part of collegiate tradition.

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Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & 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 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