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in Commencement, Events, Students

Commencement is our affirmation

Each year I have the privilege of presiding over CCBC’s Graduation Ceremony held under a massive tent on the lawn of our Essex campus. With a capacity to hold 5,000, the tent overflowed with guests gathered to honor and celebrate their very own graduate, often the first in the family to earn a college degree.  Grandmothers, babies, moms, dads and…

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in Community, Programs, Scholarships, Students

College Promise is an investment in communities

On June 1, 2019, CCBC will graduate 3,249 students, representing hundreds of new nurses, accountants, educators, counselors, computer technicians, and almost any other profession you might name.  These graduates are well prepared to enter the workplace or move on to one of our four-year partners to finish the credentialing job with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. Our faculty…

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in Awards, Events, Inspiration, Leadership, Students

Celebrating students

Spring is among the best times of the year at any college because almost everyday we get to celebrate students, athletes, scholars, service, honor recipients…all the way up to Commencement.  So it was with both pride and pleasure that I welcomed 400 of our academic elite at the recent Student Awards Banquet.  Here at CCBC we often say that our…

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in Community, Global Education, Students

Lifting every student

As Virginia Senator Tim Kaine accepted the National Education Service Award at this year’s National Legislative Summit, he described education as “the great lifter and the great leveler.”  These words speak to the heart of the open door mission of America’s community colleges, serving the 12 million Americans who fill our classrooms each year.  The theme of “Diversity, Equity and…

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in Community, Inspiration, Leadership, Students, Uncategorized

Keeping Campuses Safe

Although the perception of America’s colleges as tranquil oases of learning may have always been little more than a fanciful image, a harsh reality faces every community college president today.  We are confronted with a challenge framed by a simple question: How do we keep our campuses safe? Whether the weapons wielded by potential attackers are high powered rifles or…

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