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Virginia Senator John Watkins to Speak at John Tyler Community College Commencement

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Released on April 03, 2012

Senator John Watkins

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College will hold its 44th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the College’s Midlothian Campus, located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway. The graduating class will be approximately 986 strong.

The commencement address will be delivered by Senator John Watkins who represents the 10th Senatorial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been a member of the Virginia Senate for 14 years, and before that, he served as a state delegate for 16 years. A lifelong resident of Chesterfield, he has been associated with Watkins Nurseries, Inc., a family business, since 1971, and is presently the chairman of the board of that organization. He served in the United States Army from 1969-71. Watkins has been a champion of John Tyler Community College throughout his legislative career. He has been a constant supporter and advocate for the Midlothian Campus since the early 1990s. He served as an unofficial advisor to the College during the search for land for this campus and, following the acquisition of the land, was largely responsible for securing legislative funding for the initial construction. He took an active role in securing funding for the new Science / Library Building as well.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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