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~ Marie McDemmond to deliver graduation speech

~ Commencement exercises will be streamed, live, at

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 7, 2010) – Tidewater Community College’s 51st graduation exercises will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. More than 1,500 students are candidates for associate degrees, certificates or diplomas.

Marie V. McDemmond, chair of the Lumina Foundation for Education and president emerita of Norfolk State University, where she served from July 1997 through January 2006, will deliver the commencement address. In addition to the NSU presidency, her long and decorated career in higher education includes leadership positions at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Atlanta University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Emory University, and for the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts.

Among her many awards and honors, McDemmond received the Women’s Achievement Award of Hampton Roads for 2005, Dominion’s Strong Men & Women “Excellence in Leadership,” the YWCA South Hampton Roads Woman of Distinction for 2004, and the Pioneer Award by the Outstanding Professional Women of Hampton Roads for 2000.

McDemmond served as Virginia’s Civilian Aide to the United States Secretary of the Army and was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has been honored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Institute to have its leadership lecture named for her and to have a $32 million state-funded research center on Norfolk State’s campus named in her honor.

She also taught for over 15 years in Wellesley and Bryn Mawr Colleges’ Project HERS and has published articles in professional journals. She consults and speaks on topics ranging from financial management to leadership. McDemmond has testified before Congress on budgeting for the digital divide among HBCUs and the need for student financial aid.  (Full bio)

In addition to the commencement address, TCC’s celebration includes remarks by the selected Student Speaker, Joyce Hartman, who has earned her associate degree in business and has been accepted into the University of Virginia Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, delivered at TCC.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit