Thomas Nelson Announces Speaker for May 11 Commencement Ceremony

March 31, 2017
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Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate its 48th Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum.

The keynote speaker is Digby A. Solomon, retired CEO and publisher of the Daily Press Media Group.  His 42-year media career spans various media formats throughout a time of rapid change in the media industry.

Solomon began his journalism career as a reporter for the Waynesboro News-Virginian before relocating to the Virginia Peninsula to work as a reporter for the Times-Herald, the Daily Press’ former afternoon newspaper edition.

He earned a scholarship from the Inter American Press Association, allowing him to join the United Press International to work as a foreign correspondent in Latin America and the Caribbean. He covered the war in El Salvador, the Falklands Islands war, Pope John Paul II’s tour of South America, and the American invasion of Grenada.

Solomon returned to Virginia to own two radio stations in Orange, and then worked in television in Central Virginia before returning to the Daily Press and Tribune newspapers in 1991.

As news media evolved, Solomon dedicated his talents to Tribune’s digital effort. He managed websites at the Daily Press, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Chicago Tribune.  The Santiago de Cuba native was then named publisher of Hoy, Tribune’s daily Spanish language newspaper in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

In 2007, Solomon returned to the Virginia Peninsula to serve as publisher of the Daily Press, the Virginia Gazette and the Tidewater Review. He managed the transition of the newspaper group from traditional paper and ink newspapers into local multimedia news sources, distributed on various digital platforms.

Solomon retired from the Daily Press Media Group in March 2016. He currently serves on the Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation Board of Directors. His past community memberships include serving as Chairman of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Chairman of the Hampton Roads Partnership, and Chairman of Greater Peninsula NOW. Solomon is a graduate of George Washington University with degrees in journalism and political science.

For more information about Thomas Nelson’s 48th Commencement ceremony, please contact the College’s Office of Communications and Marketing at 825-2725, or visit the College’s website at