Student Weathers Daily Predawn Commute on Public Transit Over Two Years to Arrive at Graduation Day

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Practically every day like clockwork Mac Morning would be the first person to arrive at Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Historic Triangle campus at the Busch Corporate Center in Williamsburg. Most days he arrived between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. before the building opened and waited about an hour until the faculty and staff arrived to open for the day.

For the past two years, 22-year-old Morning has made his way from Toano to TNCC via the public bus line to attend classes. This commute short takes nearly two hours on public transit due to the bus system’s schedule. As Friday, May 15, Morning’s days of waking up before dawn to catch the bus headed for class were over when he graduated during TNCC’s fortieth annual commencement.