Thomas Nelson Community College Holds Commencement Ceremony

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Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate its thirty-eighth Annual Commencement Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the Hampton Coliseum. More than 1,000 students have applied to graduate during the 2006-2007 academic year. This number includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in the summer 2006, fall 2006 and those who have applied for graduation in spring 2007. Graduating students will receive associate degrees, career studies certificates and diplomas. Some of the graduating students will receive more than one degree or a combination of degree, career studies certificate and/or diploma.

As part of the commencement exercises, Dr. Thomas R. Morris, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia will address the graduating class. In addition, the colors will be presented by the Bethel High School JROTC, and music will be provided by the York River Concert Band. Commencement is not a mandatory function but officials at Thomas Nelson Community College expect approximately 550 graduate candidates to participate in the ceremony.

TNCC Names President and Vice-President Award Winners for 2006-07 Graduating Class

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Thomas Nelson Community College has named the following graduating students as the recipients of the President and Vice-President Awards for the 2006-2007 graduating class: Cynthia Ann Catlett and Kristine ‘Kit’ Brady Rodriguez.

Cynthia Ann Catlett is the recipient of the President’s Award for this year’s graduating class. Catlett is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology/Microcomputer Applications. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Catlett is employed as a Fiscal Technician with the Department of Juvenile Justice. She plans to continue her education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her ultimate goal is to secure a management position with a local government agency.

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Virginia Secretary of Education Dr. Thomas R. Morris to Keynote Thomas Nelson Commencement 2007

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Thomas Nelson Community College will hold its 38th Annual Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Education Dr. Thomas R. Morris.

About Dr. Thomas R. Morris:

Dr. Morris began serving as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 15, 2006 as part of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s administration. Prior to his appointment within the Governor’s Cabinet, he was president of Emory & Henry College for nearly 14 years. A distinguished Constitutional scholar and political scientist, he was also a faculty member at the University of Richmond for 21 years.

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TNCC Announces President’s Award Winner

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Nicholaus Gutierrez of Newport News, Va. is the recipient of the President’s Award for the Thomas Nelson Community College 2005-2006 graduating class.

Gutierrez is being recognized for his academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts. He is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). In the fall semester, he will attend The College of William and Mary. He plans to become a college professor.

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TNCC Announces Vice-President’s Award Winner

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Class of 2005- 2006
THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – Kari Lynn McPherson, of Newport News, Va. is the recipient of the Vice-President’s Award for the Thomas Nelson Community College 2005-2006 graduating class.

McPherson is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She plans to continue her education at a four-year institution of higher education in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in accounting and ultimately become a Certified Public Accountant.

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Thomas Nelson Community College to Graduate Largest Class in College’s History

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Thomas Nelson Community College will be graduating 1,011 students at its commencement ceremony to be held at the Hampton Coliseum today, Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. This is the largest graduating class in the College’s history. The 2005-06 class is also receiving the greatest number of awards granted since the College first opened its doors in 1968. There are 1,396 awards eligible to be presented at this ceremony. This includes associate degrees, career certificates and diplomas, and includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in the summer session of 2005, fall semester 2005 or spring semester 2006. Some students will receive more than one degree or a combination of degree, career certificate or diploma.

As part of the commencement exercises, award-winning journalist and host of WHRO’s HearSay, Cathy Lewis will address the graduating class.

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