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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 10, 2012) – Scott Rigell, United States Representative for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 55th commencement at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

More than 2,000 TCC students will earn associate degrees or certificates that evening. It will be the first fall commencement for Edna Baehre-Kolovani, who became TCC’s fifth president in July.

Rigell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rigell also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of sergeant before an honorable discharge after six years.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rigell was a successful small business owner and community leader in Virginia Beach. He and his wife, Teri, own several automobile dealerships in Hampton Roads. Rigell was recently inducted into the Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame.

Rigell earned his master’s in business administration from Regent University and holds a bachelor’s from Mercer University. In 2010, the Regent School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship named Rigell its “Alumnus of the Year.”

The Rigells are parents to four grown children and two grandchildren.

Tammy Forbes Gül will be the student speaker at the TCC graduation ceremony. The Virginia Beach resident will graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average and an associate of science degree with plans to transfer to Regent University in January.


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. 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