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Chancellor Glenn DuBois is Graduation Speaker

Two Ceremonies Set for Friday, May 11

Post Date:05/02/2018 12:00 PM

Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, will serve as guest speaker for  Virginia Highlands Community College’s commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 11.

About 450 students will receive certificates, diplomas and degrees during two separate ceremonies held in Joseph P. Johnson Jr. Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on the VHCC campus.

The first ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and will honor students graduating with Associate of Arts & Sciences Degrees and those earning credentials in horticulture, business, and information technology programs.

Area high school students who have been designated Governor’s Scholars for earning college credentials through the Dual Enrollment Program also will be honored during this ceremony. This group includes 33 students who will be awarded a Certificate in General Education, which is equivalent to the first year of a four-year degree. Additionally, Benson Hazelwood, a senior at Virginia High School, will graduate Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies and a Certificate in General Education.

The second ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will celebrate the accomplishments of students graduating in nursing and allied health, industrial technology, human services and administration of justice.
DuBois will serve as guest speaker for both ceremonies.

During his tenure, Virginia’s Community Colleges have signed groundbreaking guaranteed transfer agreements with more than 36 public and private universities; become Virginia’s leading provider of workforce development services; diversified community college funding sources, re-launching a statewide foundation and doubled foundation-led private fundraising; and maintained a tuition rate that is one-third of the comparable rate at Virginia’s public universities.

Prior to coming to Virginia, DuBois built an impressive record of executive higher education leadership, including serving as the Commissioner and CEO of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System as well as the Director of Community Colleges for the State University of New York – one of America’s largest networks of community colleges.

DuBois earned his doctorate in higher education administration, research and policy from the University of Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and an associate of science degree from the State University of New York in Farmingdale.

Other highlights of the evening will include the presentation of the VHCC Distinguished Service Award, the highest non-academic award presented by the college, and recognition of distinguished alumni.