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Sen. Mark Warner to deliver keynote at TCC graduation May 16

Sen. Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 60th Commencement on May 16 at 10 a.m. at Old Dominion University’s Ted Constant Convocation Center.

More than 1,700 TCC students will graduate with associate degrees or certificates this May.
Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, and serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget and Intelligence committees. During his time in the Senate, Warner has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to create balanced solutions to reduce the federal debt and deficit.
He also has been a champion for military men and women, their families and military veterans – an important part of TCC’s enrollment. Nearly one-third of TCC’s student population is affiliated with the military. The college opened the Center for Military and Veterans Education, a comprehensive clearinghouse for academic and student support services, in 2012.
From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as governor of Virginia, where he worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus. Warner also focused on improving public education and expanding economic opportunity in every region of the state. He recruited 135,000 new jobs to Virginia during his four-year term. When Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state,” the “best state for business” and the state offering the best educational opportunities to its young people.
Before entering public office, Warner was an early investor in the cellular telephone business. He co-founded the company that became Nextel, and ultimately made early investments in hundreds of start-up technology companies that have created tens-of-thousands of private sector jobs.