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TCC honors alums in unique UVA-at-TCC program   

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - (May 4, 2008) Twenty Hampton Roads residents will soon join a unique cadre as the second group to graduate from the University of Virginia’s adult degree completion program exclusively for Tidewater Community College students and alumni.

UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program is a part-time, rigorous undergraduate degree program with evening and weekend classes designed to meet the educational needs of the adult student. Launched in 2004, the program – the first delivered by UVA off-campus to a community college – gives TCC adult students or alumni the opportunity to earn a UVA degree on TCC campuses. Last May saw the program’s first graduate.

This year, 20 students will “walk the lawn” during UVA’s May 18 graduation in Charlottesville, Va. They hail from Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Among the group, 13 earned above-and-beyond notations with their degrees: six will graduate with “Distinction,” four with “High Distinction” and three with “Highest Distinction.”

On May 2, TCC honored the new graduates in a reception at the Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach Campus.

Graduating students offered these comments:


          “My octogenarian mother inspired me to go back to school seven years ago while she was working on her TCC degree. She got her certificate from TCC last year at age 84 and I graduate this year from UVA. I work for Sentara Patient Financial Services. I have three children and eight grandchildren to set an example for ... Life-long learning is an example my mother set for all of us.”  – Julienne B. Griffin, Chesapeake

           “I have a new position as Director of Accounting for a law firm in Portsmouth, for which I would not have been considered without my degree. I have been in the accounting field for 25 years and earned my associate degree from TCC 20 years ago.” – Roma Mason, Suffolk


The BIS transfer program has added new opportunities for students in 2008 including:

  • Spring Admissions for the TCC/BIS program, giving students the chance to begin their UVA studies at TCC in either the fall or spring semester. 
    Intensive two-week courses in January and in May, both at TCC and in Charlottesville, providing options to supplement fall, spring and summer course work with additional three-credit courses.
  • Concentrations in business and social science are now available, and a concentration in humanities is planned for the near future.


For BIS information, visit or , or call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk, 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