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Family, friends, faculty proudly send off new graduates

NORFOLK, Va. – (May 6, 2005) – Tidewater Community College celebrates its 40th commencement on Friday, May 13, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. Approximately 1,000 students who have earned degrees, diplomas or certificates will walk the stage during the ceremony that begins at 7 p.m.

Former Suffolk Mayor E. Dana Dickens III, president and chief executive officer of the Hampton Roads Partnership, will give TCC’s commencement talk. Prior to heading the Partnership, Dickens was full-time president/owner of First Service Insurance. His distinguished background in public service in Hampton Roads includes two terms as mayor of the city of Suffolk, chairman of the Western Tidewater Water Authority, member of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, chairman of the High Growth Commission, service on the Executive Committee of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and vice chair of the Mayors and Chairs Caucus of Hampton Roads.

The evening also features student speaker Melissa Baumann, selected from a group of talented graduation candidates. Baumann, whose writing appeared in this spring’s Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul, overcame many challenges to make her way to and through college.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 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 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit