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~ Terrie Suit delivered the graduation speech

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 16, 2011) – Tidewater Community College held its 52nd graduation exercises on May 13 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. More than 1,600 students earned associate degrees, certificates or diplomas.

Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Terrie L. Suit, a TCC alumna, delivered the commencement address. Suit, appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in January 2010 as assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness, was appointed to her new position in 2011.

In addition to the commencement address, TCC’s celebration included remarks by the selected student speaker, Kathryn Funk of Portsmouth, who earned her associate degree in nursing and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing at ODU.

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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-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit