Commencement Media Kit
Snapshots of the Class of 2015 – 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.
May 15, 2015
John Tyler Community College – Chester Campus
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, Virginia 23831
Videos, Photographs and Social Media
Unable to attend Tyler's May 2015 commencement ceremony? You can still enjoy the festivities.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of commencement in our wrap-up video.
Hear the commencement speaker's address.
Look at some of the photos taken during the ceremony.
Explore commencement posts on Tyler’s social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Graduates and their family and friends, as well as all members of the John Tyler community were encouraged to share their commencement stories and photos using the hashtag #tylergrads.
E. Wilson Davis, Jr. is the director of economic development for Chesterfield County. Before joining Chesterfield in 2006, Davis worked for American Electric Power in Roanoke, where he was state manager of economic development. Prior to that, he served as director of international marketing for the Virginia Department of Economic Development. In that role, Davis was responsible for the Commonwealth’s international investment and trade programs, as well as its overseas offices. He also has held management positions with Rukka USA, Inc.; East Coast Oil Corporation; and Sears, Roebuck & Company.
Davis is past president of the Virginia Economic Developers Association and past chair of the Economic Development Committee of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. He is also past chair of the John Tyler Community College Foundation Board, a board on which he is still an active member. In addition, Davis currently serves on the boards Virginia Capital, the Japan-Virginia Society, and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
Davis holds a master of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor of science in business management from East Tennessee State University, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He has completed post graduate programs in Asian management at the University of Southern California and in government leadership at the University of Virginia. Davis also holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council.
Honorary Associate Degree Recipient: Mr. William H. Talley, III
William H. Talley, III is a long-time advocate of John Tyler Community College and Virginia’s community colleges. In 1986, Mr. Talley joined the John Tyler Community College Foundation Board, and he actively served on that board until December 2014. Mr. Talley also spent two terms, from 1993 – 2001, on Tyler’s local College Board, during which he served as vice chairman (1997 – 1990) and chairman (1999 – 2001). He was appointed to the State Board for Community Colleges from 2009 – 2013.
During his many years of service to John Tyler Community College, Mr. Talley has whole-heartedly supported the advancement of the College and its students in a number of ways, including the establishment of the William H. Talley, III Endowed Scholarship. His generosity and dedication were recognized in 2004 with John Tyler Community College’s Homer C. Eliades Legacy Award and in 2006 with the Virginia Community College System’s Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.
Mr. Talley is a graduate of Petersburg High School. He attended Randolph-Macon College and holds a bachelor of science in business from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary (now Virginia Commonwealth University). He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and when released from active duty, he became an agency principal at his family’s insurance and financial services firm, William H. Talley & Son, Inc., in Petersburg. He is currently chairman of the board.
In addition to sharing his time and talents with John Tyler Community College, Mr. Talley has served on the Architectural Review Board, Tourism Board, and the Industrial Developmental Authority for the City of Petersburg, as well as on the boards of numerous civic and professional organizations.
John Tyler Community College is a 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.
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
Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President, John Tyler Community College
Ms. Sammie Cotman
Chair, John Tyler Community College Board
Mr. Peter Eliades
President, John Tyler Community College Foundation Board
Number of Students
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the College served approximately 13,980 students.
18 Associate Degrees
36 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 Funeral Services Program at John Tyler Community College is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE). It is also approved by the State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
The Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
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 Precision Machining Technology Program is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).
The Welding Program is accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) program.
Web Site and Social Media
Information Maintained by:
Holly Walker, Public Relations Manager