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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer



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NORFOLK, Va. – Dec. 11, 2003 – Timothy H. Kerr, Tidewater Community College’s retiring 30-year provost of the Chesapeake Campus, will deliver the commencement address at TCC’s 37th commencement exercises at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. Approximately 1,000 students will receive associate degrees, certificates and diplomas during the ceremony.

As TCC’s founding provost for the Chesapeake Campus, Kerr helped bring the campus to its present status as a key community partner with its city and citizens. Noted programs that have grown under Kerr include horticulture, automotive technology, theatre arts, developmental disabilities, electromechanical technologies, and interior design. The Chesapeake Campus, which enrolled more than 7,800 students last year, is part of TCC’s four-campus structure serving 34,000 students in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Kerr, a favorite “near-native son” of the region, is deeply involved in community organizations, from serving on the boards of the Rotary Club, Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Chesapeake General Hospital HealthCare Foundation to past service on the mayor’s committees for long-range planning and for year-round schools and the United Way. He also served as interim president of TCC in 1997-98. His dedication to community and education for more than three decades sets him apart as a leader with invaluable insights for

new graduates.  

“Our graduates have unique challenges and life experiences; they are the building blocks of our region’s future and its success today,” says Kerr. “It will be an honor to share my observations with these talented individuals, and to be a part of their celebration.”    

TCC’s 37th commencement exercises will be the college’s third December graduation program.

For more information contact Laurie White, 757-822-1085 or .


Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 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 and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.

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Media Contact: Laurie White, Chief Communications Officer