Commencement Media Kit

Snapshots of the Class of 2013 – 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 2013

May 13, 2013
6:00 p.m.
John Tyler Community College – Chester Campus
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, Virginia 23831

Photographs of the College‚Äôs Commencement Ceremony may be found on the College’s Flickr page.

Graduate Candidate List

Commencement Address by Dr. Marshall W. Smith

Speaker: Dr. Marshall W. Smith, President of John Tyler Community College PDF

Dr. Marshall W. Smith, President of John Tyler Community College

Dr. Marshall W. Smith’s leadership of John Tyler Community College began nearly 23 years ago, when he became the College’s sixth president. In the time since, he has become John Tyler Community College’s longest serving president and has helped grow the College to the fifth largest institution in the Virginia Community College System. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the College built a second campus; added a Nursing Education Center; nearly doubled in enrollment; became the first Virginia community college to construct an environmentally friendly building that received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification; expanded its offerings, dual enrollment program and workforce efforts; built new business partnerships with companies such as CJW and Rolls-Royce; added online classes and a myriad of scheduling options; and more.

Dr. Smith is active in accreditation work for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), chairing the Virginia delegation to the Commission for three years, serving on the Executive Council of the Commission for three years, and chairing over thirty reaffirmation and special committees. He also served twelve years as secretary/treasurer and one year as president of the Southern Association of Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges. In 2005, the Commission on Colleges of SACS honored Dr. Smith’s service and leadership by awarding him the James T. Rogers meritorious Service Award.

Before beginning his career at John Tyler Community College, Dr. Smith was vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the Virginia Community College System; president of Germanna Community College; and dean of instruction and then dean of the college at Calhoun State Community College in Alabama. He also served as dean of students and assistant professor of education at South Georgia College; director of residence halls at The University of Alabama; and assistant director of housing at West Georgia College. In addition, he has been an adjunct member of the graduate faculty of Old Dominion University and George Mason University.

He holds a B.A. from The University of Alabama, a M.Ed. from West Georgia College, and a Ph.D. from The University of Alabama.

Dr. Smith will be retiring from John Tyler Community College on August 1, 2013.

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. Marshall W. Smith
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 2011-2012 academic year, the College served approximately 14,895 students.

Faculty and Staff

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

Programs of Study

17 Associate Degrees
8 Certificates
35 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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.

John Tyler Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Program is approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

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

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