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Commencement Media Kit

Snapshots of the Class of 2016 – 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 2016

May 13, 2016
6:30 p.m.
John Tyler Community College – Midlothian Campus
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, Virginia 23114

Videos, Photographs and Social Media

If you were unable to attend Tyler's May 2016 Commencement Ceremony, or if you would just like to relive the festivities, check out our Commencement photo album on Flickr, or watch a recording of the live-streamed 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 are encouraged to share their commencement stories and photos using the hashtag #tylergrads

Speaker: The Honorable Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade PDF

The Honorable Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Maurice Jones, a Kenbridge, Virginia native, was appointed secretary of commerce and trade by Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014. Prior to that appointment, Jones served from April 2012 through January 2014 as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Before his role at HUD, Jones was president of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia. In 2005, he joined Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of Pilot Media, and served as vice president of the Landmark Publishing Group. He became the vice president and general manager of Pilot Media in 2006, and in 2008, he became president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Jones also served as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner. At the U.S. Treasury Department, Jones was special assistant to the general counsel, and he also served as legal counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and as director of the fund during the Clinton Administration. Jones also worked for the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond and was a partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners, a firm that invests millions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to assist low-income children.

Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

College Facts PDF


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.

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

Ms. Sammie Cotman
Chair, John Tyler Community College Board

Mr. Peter Eliades
President, John Tyler Community College Foundation Board

Number of Students

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the College served approximately 13,753 students.


20 Associate Degrees
6 Certificates
37 Career Studies Certificates


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

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 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 accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). It is also approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

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.

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