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TCC offers alums unique UVA-at-TCC bachelor’s degree program 

May 17 UVA-BIS graduates include, left to right, Asato Maehata, Daniel Colver, Mark Williams, David Cruz, Ashleigh Wykle, Angela Zambas, Michelle Moore and Paula Moore, with TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, far right.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 11, 2009) More than a dozen Hampton Roads residents will soon join a unique cadre as the third group to graduate from the University of Virginia’s adult degree program delivered at Tidewater Community College exclusively for TCC students and alumni.

UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a part-time, rigorous degree program with evening and weekend classes designed to meet the educational needs of adult students. Launched in 2004, the program – the first delivered by UVA off-campus to a community college – gives TCC adult students or alumni the opportunity to earn a UVA degree on TCC campuses.

This year’s group of 15 brings the number of graduates to 36, all with the opportunity to “walk the lawn” during UVA’s traditional May commencement exercises in Charlottesville. On May 5, UVA and TCC honored the new graduates-to-be with a reception and remarks by TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce.  

Among the May 17, 2009, graduates, four earned their degrees “with distinction,” one earned “with high distinction” and three earned “with highest distinction.” Five of them have been inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society that celebrates the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education.  

In related news, four of the current BIS students have been chosen for Alpha Sigma Lambda. These students are Michelle Mattocks, Charlene Pattison, Sandra Smith and Ellynne Woodson, who manages the Writing Center at TCC’s Norfolk Campus. 

For BIS information, visit or , or call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions 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