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Photo Essay

Spring 2009 Commencement

As the May 15 ceremonies began, TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, left, stood with guest speaker Rep. J. Randy Forbes and Pastor Randall R. Childress, who gave the invocation and benediction.



Dorcas T. Helfant-Browning, left, chair, TCC Board, congratulated the graduates before they heard Rep. Forbes' speech and student speaker Michael B. Ennis, far right. President DiCroce thanked Forbes, giving him TCC's Acts of Optimism book.
TCC faculty, left, entered the floor, followed by the graduating students.
New grads included Gregory Bowers, left, and Kiara Davis, far right, who earned a TCC degree before their high school diploma, thanks to Middle College, a partnership of Norfolk Public Schools and TCC.

While sister Robin, who also graduated, looked on, their dad, Gerald, a Navy master chief, adjusted Greg's cap. Their mom, Diana, plans to start TCC's nursing program in the fall.

Kiara's mom, Deborah, helped her prepare for graduation. Her parents are both TCC grads, and brother Jerome is a TCC student.

WVEC-13 interviewed Greg and Kiara for a story that ran on the 11 p.m. news.




President DiCroce and Rep. Forbes joined members of the TCC Board as they awaited the opening processional.
Student speaker Michael Ennis took a few minutes before the crowds arrived to contemplate his speech.
TCC held its nursing pinning ceremony the night before commencement, with remarks by President DiCroce, far left, and guest speaker, Capt. Anne. M. Lear, NC, U.S. Navy, director of nursing services, Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center. Lear, right photo, posed with new grad and head of the nursing association, Matt Ward, and his wife, Jennifer.
Photos by Bradley Smith and David Ferraro