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


Published: May 17, 2006

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.

Since the commencement is not a mandatory function, not all students who are eligible to graduate choose to participate in the ceremony. Thomas Nelson officials expect approximately 400 graduate candidates to actually participate in the May 17 ceremony.

The following statistics have been compiled as of May 16, 2006
Number of Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates to be awarded: 1,396
Total Number of individual graduates: 1,011
by gender:
Males 398 (39%)
Females 613 (61%)
Number of graduates by ethnic background:
African American 333 (33%)
Asian American 49 (5%)
Hispanic 50 (5%)
Native American 8 (1%)
Caucasian 554 (54%)
Other 17 (2%)
Number of Graduates by Age:
18- 20 101
21 – 29 434
30 – 39 240
40 – 49 172
50 – 59 60
60+     4
Number of Graduates by jurisdiction:
Hampton 288
Newport News 325
Poquoson 21
Williamsburg 14
James City County 52
York County 122
Other areas (Includes other Virginia cities 189
and counties, and out-of-state students (primarily military dependents)

Academic Achievements:
Number of Students graduating Cum Laude (GPA of 3.2): 188, Magna Cum Laude (GPA of 3.5): 140 and Summa Cum Laude: (GPA of 3.8 or above): 134. Fifty students are graduating with a GPA of 4.0.

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