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Commencement Media Kit

Snapshots of the Class of 2017 – 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 2017

May 12, 2017
6:30 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 2017 Commencement Ceremony, join us online to watch a livestream of the ceremony.

Photographs taken by the college during the cerermony will be posted in an album on John Tyler Community College's Flickr page in the weeks following commencement.

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 Rosalyn R. Dance, Senate of Virginia, 16th District

Senator Rosalyn R. Dance

The Honorable Rosalyn R. Dance, represents that 16th District in the Senate of Virginia. She is also a John Tyler Community College alumna and John Tyler Community College Foundation Board member.

Sen. Dance graduated from John Tyler in 1981 with an associate degree in nursing. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She worked at Southside Virginia Training Center for 34 years, where she held positions as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, interim facility director, and assistant director of residential services. In 1992, she was elected Mayor of Petersburg, an office she held for 12 years. In 2005, Sen. Dance was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, where she represented the 63rd district until her election to the Virginia Senate in 2014.

College Facts

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

College Leadership

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

Dr. Joyce Rowe
Chair, John Tyler Community College Board

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

Number of Students

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the College served more than 14,100 students.


20 Associate Degrees
6 Certificates
36 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 John Tyler Community College 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 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.

Web Site and Social Media

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