SPEAKER FOR THE GRADUATES
Associate of Science Degree
Charity Pierce, a Chesapeake native and the youngest daughter of four, attributes her success at TCC in large part to her close family, all of whom are proud of her as the first of the sisters to earn a college degree. Having completed her course work at TCC last summer, she enrolled this fall at Virginia Commonwealth University as a psychology major minoring in African American studies.
With a deep interest in helping people affected by the judicial system, Ms. Pierce, ultimately, wants to open a non-profit center that helps families in crisis, as another way for the legal system to deal with offenders in a positive way. She envisions it as a rehabilitation center for repeat offenders - to help them turn their lives around, working with psychologists and social workers.
She credits her mother, who worked at a center for troubled youth, as her inspiration to do this type of work, sparking her interest in helping people in this way. To achieve her dreams, Ms. Pierce, a Deep Creek High School graduate, is focused on a path toward earning a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.
Ms. Pierce, a firm believer in community involvement, volunteered with a range of organizations while a TCC student. She was a founding member of the Vernon Gordon and Elevated Worship choir, served as Student Government Association (SGA) vice president for the Chesapeake Campus, SGA Federation parliamentarian, student diplomat for the Norfolk Azalea Festival, and gave many hours to Charity Family Life, which she continues at VCU, along with serving as president of the Afrikana student organization and assistant to the event coordinator for VCU’s Black Psychologist Student Association.
[December 19, 2008, Commencement Student Speech]