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TCC commemorates Juneteenth holiday with student trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and more

Tidewater Community College will commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations throughout June.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in the United States on June 17, 2021. The holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19 to mark the date in 1865 when the last enslaved African-Americans in Texas, the last state of the Confederacy with institutionalized slavery, were notified of their freedom following the Civil War.

A highlight of the Juneteenth commemoration at TCC is a bus trip for current students to Washington, D.C. Students will visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian Institution Museum located on the National Mall. It was established in December 2003 and opened its permanent home in September 2016. The day-long bus trip is set for June 17 and current students can sign up here.

The college is also hosting a “Miss Juneteenth” movie watch and share gathering at the Norfolk Campus Student Center on June 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attendees are invited to participate in a discussion following the film showing.

“Miss Juneteenth” is a critically acclaimed American film that follows a single mom and former teen beauty queen as she enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020, and was released via video on June 19, 2020, coinciding with the 155th anniversary of the Juneteenth holiday.

Additional student events can be found at the Virtual Student Center including a Juneteenth trivia game on June 9.

The college will be closed on Monday, June 20, to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday.

Get fit. Play a game. Join a club.

During these days of COVID-19, it’s easy to feel isolated, alone and disconnected. While the students centers on the campuses at Tidewater Community College have shut their doors for now, the new Virtual Student Center (VSC) offers plenty of new options to get involved.

Connect with student life through the VSC within Canvas. Throughout the semester, students can participate in online activities, leadership workshops, social events and community service opportunities.

For starters, there’s a virtual game night on Friday, Sept. 4. TCC also offers all sorts of student clubs, from sign language to coding to criminal justice to investments. Find your favorite.

More events are planned for the fall, including student kickbacks, resume building workshops, a session on student tech tools, a Harry Potter-themed escape room and an emerging leaders series.

TCC’s Virtual Student Center is designed to help students grow personally, professionally and academically. Areas of focus include:

  • Advocacy & Awareness
  • Beyond the Classroom
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • Gaming & Recreation
  • Resources & Support
  • Student Clubs & Leadership

Self-enroll to access the VSC through your Canvas Dashboard. Or click here to get involved.