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Well-known Virginia Beach native Joe Buchanan will offer words of wisdom to students

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 20, 2006) – E.T. (Joe) Buchanan III, a past First Citizen of Virginia Beach and retiring provost of the Virginia Beach Campus of Tidewater Community College, will deliver the commencement address at the college’s 42nd graduation exercises. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. Hundreds of students will receive associate degrees, certificates or diplomas at the ceremony.

Buchanan will retire from TCC this fall after more than 30 years of service, the last 10 as head of the Virginia Beach Campus - the largest in TCC’s four-campus system, enrolling more than 20,000 students annually.

TCC President Deborah DiCroce commends Buchanan for his leadership and numerous accomplishments at TCC. “Tidewater Community College is very much a better place because of Joe Buchanan,” says DiCroce. “Indeed, Dr. Buchanan belongs to that group of community college practitioners who helped build the American community college - brick by brick, and with the firm resolve to truly democratize American higher education.”

Buchanan holds doctorates in both law and higher education. He has authored 30-plus publications on higher education law, and has given more than 300 presentations on the topic in both national and state venues. He helped put TCC (and the community college sector) on the map in such national arenas as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Council for the Advancement of Standards for Student Affairs.

A native of Virginia Beach and highly regarded in civic circles, Buchanan was tapped in the early 1980s to fill an unexpired seat on the Virginia Beach City Council. In 1986, he was named First Citizen of Virginia Beach.
For more information about TCC’s 42nd commencement exercises, call the TCC Information Center at 822-1122.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 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