On May 16, the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program held its second annual graduation reception at George Mason University (GMU). More than 170 people attended as NOVA and GMU Pathway graduates and their families enjoyed brunch, a photo booth and a fun activity before the formal ceremony. Speakers included GMU Associate Vice President Andrew Flagel, NOVA President Robert Templin, Jr. and Pathway Director Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon (CS). Pathway graduates Ariana Flores, Cora Hayes and Saddam Hossain were also featured speakers. The students shared their individual success stories with the audience. After the speakers, Hilker-Balkissoon presented each student with a Pathway graduation medal.
The Pathway program is a partnership that includes four local school districts, GMU, NOVA and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The first Pathway program cohort of high school graduates was admitted to NOVA in fall 2006. Some of those students graduated from GMU this spring. Although most of the Pathway graduates attend GMU following their time at NOVA, the program does not limit students to a single college choice. Pathway students have been accepted and admitted to many in-state schools, including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, University of Mary Washington, Marymount University, as well as several out-of-state institutions.
The program has greatly expanded since the first cohort in 2006, and Pathway team members expect the number of NOVA graduates and transfer schools to continue to grow.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.