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47th TCC COMMENCEMENT – DEC. 19
U.S. Army commandant to deliver graduation speech
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 10, 2008) – Brig. Gen. Katherine P. Kasun, U.S. Army Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, will serve as commencement speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 47th graduation exercises on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. More than 1,000 students are eligible to receive associate degrees, certificates or diplomas at the ceremony.
Kasun became commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk this September, and was previously deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.
Born in San Jose, Calif., and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Kasun attended Western Carolina University, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Kasun was stationed in Ansbach, Germany, with the 1st Armored Division with a follow-on assignment to VII Corps in Stuttgart. In 1982, she returned to the states and joined the Army Reserves, serving at numerous posts around the country.
Directly after 9/11, Kasun was activated for five years. Her battalion, the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion from East Windsor, Conn., was the first Army Reserve battalion mobilized in direct support of Operation Noble Eagle. She served in Baghdad in 2005 and Kabul in 2006 as a team chief and military intelligence collections analyst for the Joint Forces Command, Joint Center for Operational Analysis.
She recently concluded a three-year active-duty tour with the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk where she served as the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS) chief, then the deputy director for integration with the J8 and a senior joint doctrine development officer with the J7, Joint Warfighting Center.
Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
TCC’s commencement also features student speaker Charity Pierce, who will deliver her speech after the new graduates cross the stage. Pierce, a transfer student to Virginia Commonwealth University, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.
Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 and a regional 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 www.tcc.edu.