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Thousands attend graduation, 1,000+ grads celebrated


[Photo Essay: Commencement, May 15, 2009]

Rep. J. Randy Forbes - Commencement Address ~ video

Michael EnnisStudent Address ~ video

Commencement Highlights ~ video

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 18, 2009) – U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes served as commencement speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 48th graduation exercises on Friday, May 15, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. TCC President Deborah M. DiCiroce conferred associate degrees, certificates or diplomas upon more than 1,000 students.

In his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Forbes represents the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia. Forbes works with the 18 cities and counties in his encompassing district and serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He also serves as Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. Forbes is the founder of the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus and the Congressional China Caucus, and is co-chair of the Navy and Marine Corps Caucus. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims.

Forbes graduated from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake in 1970. He was valedictorian of his 1974 class at Randolph-Macon College and, in 1977, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

TCC’s commencement also featured student speaker Michael Ennis, who delivered his speech after the new graduates crossed the stage. Ennis, who hopes to transfer to the University of Virginia or Howard University, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business.

Student Speaker Michael Ennis prepares for his speech, with his parents at hand.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, 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 Norfolk’s theater district, 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