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Commencement - December 2010

TCC’s 51st graduation exercises on Dec. 17 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center celebrated more than 1,900 students who earned associate degrees or certificates, conferred by President Deborah M. DiCroce. [News Release] [Streaming Video]

Marie V. McDemmond, (right) chair of the Lumina Foundation for Education and president emerita of Norfolk State University, delivered the address, saying, “I’m looking into the face of change, the very future of this nation. . . . You represent the 21st century student.” She went on to commend TCC for a “wonderful job” reaching out to today’s student, and urged the new alumni to make the most of the opportunity afforded by their education.

Commencement exercises also featured announcement of TCC’s Alumni Association (full news release), with an immediate 100,000 members – students with 24 or more credit hours. Anyone who has taken a class at TCC can join by contacting the association,, said Jerry Ortiz, (left) president of the association, who announced the launch exactly six years after he gave the student speech.
TCC’s celebration included remarks by the selected student speaker, Joyce Hartman, (right) who earned her associate degree in business and has been accepted into the University of Virginia Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, delivered at TCC. She praised her fellow graduates for managing the complexities of their lives while persevering through college.

The processional featured banners representing degrees and credentials: Associate of Science; Associate of Applied Science; Associate of Applied Arts; Associate of Arts; Certificate.
TCC officially opens and closes each commencement with the faculty marshal bearing a custom-designed crystal mace as part of collegiate tradition.