Two TNCC Students to Receive High Honors During May 16 Commencement

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) named Michelle A. Robinson and Benjamin L. Jordan as recipients of the 2011-2012 President’s and Vice President’s Awards, respectively. In acknowledgement of the two summa cum laude graduates’ exceptional academic performance, the awards will be presented during TNCC’s 43rd commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton University Convocation Center.

Robinson and Jordan are among over 700 students who applied to graduate during the 2011-2012 academic year. This figure includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in summer 2011, fall 2011, and those who applied for graduation in spring 2012. Graduating students will receive Associate’s degrees, certificates, career studies certificates, or a combination of these academic credentials. Criteria for the President’s and Vice President’s awards include attaining the highest cumulative grade point average, completing at least 60 semester hours of course work and receiving an Associate’s degree for the current year, among other criteria.

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Sen. Mamie E. Locke to Receive TNCC Presidential Leadership Award

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Thomas Nelson Community College has selected the Honorable Sen. Mamie E. Locke, Ph.D. to receive its Third Annual Presidential Leadership Award. The award presentation is set for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton as part of TNCC’s Martin Luther King Day observances.  The program will be preceded at 7:30 a.m. by a continental breakfast in the auditorium lobby.

The public is invited to join TNCC students, faculty and staff for this free event.  In addition to special recognition of Sen. Locke, the program will include a discussion — Fulfilling the Dream: From King to Obama — by a panel of community leaders. Performances by TNCC students groups will also be featured throughout the program.

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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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