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TCC welcomes attorney, author and law professor Gene R. Nichol to Dec. 16 exercises

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Nov.22, 2005) – Gene R. Nichol, president of The College of William and Mary, will deliver the commencement address at Tidewater Community College’s 41st graduation exercises. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. Hundreds of students will receive associate degrees, certificates or diplomas at the ceremony.

Before being named the 26th president of William and Mary in July, Nichol taught at the college in the 1980s. From 1995 until 2005, he was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He served as law dean at the University of Colorado from 1988 to 1995 and as James Gould Cutler professor and director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at William and Mary from 1985 to 1988. In 2001, he founded the Center for Civil Rights at UNC.

In 2003, Nichol won the American Bar Association’s Edward R. Finch Award for delivering the nation’s best Law Day address. He is the co-author of Federal Courts: Cases, Comments, and Questions and a contributor to Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent.

Nichol has published articles and essays in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, and the law reviews in Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia. From 1999 to 2005 he was a regular op-ed writer for Raleigh News & Observer. He has been a political columnist for Rocky Mountain News and has written for The Nation and other magazines.

Active in public affairs, Nichol has testified before several committees of the U.S. Congress and various state legislatures. He is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation, member of the American Law Institute, and recipient of Equal Justice Works’ award for pro bono law dean of the year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. from the University of Texas.

TCC’s 41st commencement exercises will be the college’s fifth December graduation program.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. 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-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit