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TCC celebrates at 50th commencement ceremony

commencement 2016 crop.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 2, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College celebrated the accomplishments of its students with several graduation and pinning ceremonies last week.


The College held its 50th commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30, at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. More than 400 graduates were expected to participate in the ceremony, which recognized students who earned an associate degree or a certificate during the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 term. Approximately 2,500 TCC students earned degrees or certificates during that time.

2016 commencement jim madeline cheire.jpgThe guest speaker was Madeline Pumariega, who has been the chancellor of the Florida College System since August 2015. Pumariega previously served as president of Take Stock in Children, a statewide nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education that leads to well-paying jobs. Prior to that, she worked for 20 years at Miami Dade College and served as president of MDC’s Wolfson campus.


The student commencement speaker was Cheire Cook, who was graduating with an Associate in Arts degree. Cook volunteered in TCC’s Peer Leader Program (formerly known as Connect2Complete), a program coordinated through the Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement office. She will attend Florida State University to pursue a degree in language and literature.

President Jim Murdaugh Chancellor Madeline Pumariega Student Cheire Cook

The College also held pinning ceremonies for several healthcare programs, including Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Technology, and Surgical Technology and Central Sterile Processing. Additionally, TCC’s Florida Public Safety Institute celebrated the graduation of students in its Correctional Probation program.

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