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Commencement Media Kit

Commencement 2019 

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. Read about some of the members of the Class of 2019 in our web site's Noteworthy section.

Commencement Ceremony 2019

May 10, 2019
4:00 p.m.
Virginia State University - Multipurpose Center
20809 2nd Avenue
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
Ceremony Information

Videos, Photographs and Social Media

If you are unable to attend Tyler's 2019 Commencement Ceremony, join us online to watch a livestream of the ceremony.

Photographs taken by the college during the cerermony are posted on John Tyler Community College's Flickr page.

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 #Tyler2019.


During the 2019 Commencement Ceremony, four members of the Class of 2019 will speak, including:
Aaron Autler
Tisa Clancy
Sabrina Fuller
Cassandra Morris

College Facts

John Tyler Community College is a public institution of higher education and is part of Virginia's community college system. 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

College Leadership

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

Mr. William A. Barnes, Jr.
Chair, John Tyler Community College Board

Ms. Catherine Foca
President, John Tyler Community College Foundation Board

Number of Students

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the College served more than 14,300 students.


39 Associate Degrees
6 Certificates
34 Career Studies Certificates


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

The Emergency Medical Services Program is approved by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.

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 Nurse Aide Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

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 Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

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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Holly Walker, Public Relations Manager


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