HAMPTON ROADS — Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is preparing for its 2022 commencement, which will be the College’s first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019.
This year’s graduation will be held at Hampton’s Liberty Live Church, 1021 Big Bethel Rd., on Monday, May 16 at 5 p.m.
The 2020 and 2021 commencement exercises were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the classes of 2020 and 2021 are also invited to walk in this year’s ceremony.
“The return of our in-person graduation is a wonderful opportunity for the entire College to celebrate our students’ incredible resilience, talent, and hard work,” Dr. Jeannetta Hollins, TNCC’s vice president of Enrollment and Student Success said. “They have faced one of the most difficult times in modern history, yet prevailed to reach this milestone.”
Hollins acknowledged the graduating students’ perseverance through challenges over the last two years.
“We are thankful for the understanding and patience our students and their families have shown over the past two years,” Hollins said. “Amid various adjustments the College had to make to bring seamless classes and services during an immensely challenging period, these students stayed the course and did not give up.”
TNCC President Towuanna Porter Brannon also thanked the faculty and staff.
“Their diligence and continued dedication to fully supporting our students despite trying times is commendable,” she said. “They also worked hard to ensure the safety of our campus community over the past two years.”
The ceremony has another significance, as it will be the last graduating class of Thomas Nelson, which is soon becoming Virginia Peninsula Community College.
The event will also be streamed live online. Visit TNCC’s website for more information.