TNCC Celebrates 40th Commencement Ceremony May 15

Published: May 11, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate its 40th Commencement Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at the Hampton University Convocation Center. More than 1,177 students have applied to graduate during the 2008-2009 academic year. This number includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in the summer 2008, fall 2008 and those who have applied for graduation in spring 2009. 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, Mr. W. Taylor Reveley III, President of the College of William and Mary, 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.

Mr. Reveley was sworn in as the 27th President of the College of William and Mary on September 5, 2008, after serving as Interim President since February 2008. Previously, he served as Dean of the William and Mary Law School where he is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence.

President Reveley earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as law clerk for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. during the United States Supreme Court’s 1969 term. Mr. Reveley practiced law with the firm of Hunton & Williams, where he was managing partner for nine years. He has served on many boards including Princeton University (where he is a Trustee Emeritus), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Christopher’s School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richmond Symphony and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation.

Thomas Nelson and the College of William and Mary have enjoyed a long association of ensuring access to higher education for qualified citizens living and working in our region.

Guaranteed Admission with College of William and Mary
William and Mary guarantees admission to Thomas Nelson Community College graduates with a grade-point-average of not less than 3.6 who complete a transfer-oriented associate’s degree. Students interested in the program work with the Transfer Center on the Hampton Campus and the Dean of Instructional Services Office on the Historic Triangle Campus.

Co-enrollment with College of William and Mary
Thomas Nelson and the College of William and Mary have a co-enrollment agreement that will benefit qualified TNCC students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the second oldest university in the United States. Under this agreement, William and Mary allows up to 15 eligible TNCC students per year who are committed to matriculating at William and Mary to take as many as five courses at William and Mary while still completing their associate degrees. These courses are at TNCC tuition rates and satisfy curricular requirements at both institutions. Upon completion of the associate degree with at least a 2.7 GPA in these courses and overall, the students are guaranteed admission to the College of William and Mary. The first participants in this program will graduate from William and Mary this spring. Students interested in obtaining detailed information on the co-enrollment agreement can contact the TNCC Transfer Center at 825-3860 or the Dean of Instructional Services at the Historic Triangle Campus at 253-4300.

Williamsburg Discovery Center
In its continuing efforts to provide just-in-time workforce education, customized training and related services to Peninsula businesses and residents, Thomas Nelson Workforce Development has established training facilities at the Discovery Center in Williamsburg’s New Town area, a 365-acre mixed use community.

This collaborative effort between Thomas Nelson, College of William and Mary, and James City County will enable first class training and economic and workforce development coordinated services to be provided to public and private organizations. The center will serve as an engine for starting, growing, and attracting technology-related businesses essential to the success of Greater Williamsburg.

TNCC will offer education and training programs for the business community, current company employees, entrepreneurs, transitional and dislocated workers needing to advance workplace skills. Seminars and workshops will also be offered at this location.

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