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Commencement Media Kit

Snapshots of the Class of 2014 – Their Successes and Why John Tyler Mattered

Commencement season is a time of year filled with laughter, exhilaration and possibilities. It marks an ending as our students conclude their time at John Tyler Community College and a beginning as they prepare to move into the next phase of their lives. During this time, we often hear about the graduating class as a whole and see photographs filled with a sea of caps and gowns. It’s easy to forget that behind each smile is an individual who took a very personal journey to get to this day, and that this day is just one snapshot of that graduate’s life. See and hear from some of our graduates.

Commencement 2014

May 16, 2014
6:30 p.m.
John Tyler Community College – Midlothian Campus
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23114

Videos and Photographs

Enjoy the excitement of the ceremony. Watch a video overview of the day. Enjoy the speaker's commencement addressLook at photos from the ceremony. 

Speaker: Mr. Ed Grier, Dean, School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University PDF

Mr. Ed Grier, Dean, School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ed Grier became dean of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business in 2010. Before joining the university, Grier spent 29 years with Walt Disney Company, most recently as president of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Grier also held other executive positions at Disney properties in Paris, Tokyo and the United States during his tenure with the company.

While in California, Grier received numerous appointments, including commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, member of the California Economic Recovery Task Force, and board member of the Children's Hospital of Orange County. In 2011, he received the Michael R. Jones Business Impact Award from the Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Richmond Forum, and ChildFund International and is a trustee of Brandman University – Chapman University System in California.

Grier holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting from Duquesne University.

College Facts PDF


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. It is named after John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States of America.

Service Region
The College primarily serves the residents of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Surry and Sussex.


Chester Campus (opened October 1967)
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, Virginia 23831-5316

Midlothian Campus (opened May 2000)
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, Virginia 23114-4383

JTCC Nursing Education Center (opened August 2006)
1051 Johnston-Willis Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23235-4871

Community College Workforce Alliance at Featherstone Professional Center
1807 Huguenot Road, Suite 108
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

College Leadership

Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President, John Tyler Community College

Mr. Art Heinz
Chair, John Tyler Community College Board

Mr. Michael White
President, John Tyler Community College Foundation Board

Number of Students

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the College served approximately 14,116 students.

Faculty and Staff

More than 650 John Tyler Community College faculty and staff serve students each semester.

Programs of Study

17 Associate Degrees
7 Certificates
34 Career Studies Certificates


John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees, certificates, and career studies certificates.

The College’s Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The Funeral Services Program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) and approved by the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.

The John Tyler Community College Emergency Medical Services Intermediate program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services upon the recommendation of Division of Educational Development.

The College’s Precision Machining Technology Program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

The Welding Program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) program.

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