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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Metropolitan Community College Dean Stacey Ocander to address NOVA Graduates, May 17

Northern Virginia Community College will hold its 49th Commencement on Sunday, May 17 at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. NOVA has a total of 7,700 students who will graduate this spring.

This year, due to space constraints, NOVA will host two graduation ceremonies at the Patriot Center. There will be commencement at 2 p.m. for NOVA’s general campuses (Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge), at which Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will speak. The second ceremony, for the Medical Education Campus Nursing and Allied Health graduates will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature as commencement speaker Dr. Stacey Ocander, dean of health and public services at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., and president of nn2, the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges.

The 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe took office in January 2014. McAuliffe entered politics at age 23 when he became national finance director for Jimmy Carter. He co-chaired President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign in 1996, served as chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2000 to 2005 and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008. McAuliffe built his gubernatorial campaign on improving Virginia’s economy.

Stacey Ocander, Ed.D. is dean of health and public services at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., and former associate dean of the Graduate School and University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has been instrumental in acquiring numerous grants to improve access to education for underserved students. During her tenure, the division tripled in size with the addition of four new associate degree and four certificate programs in the past nine years. Ocander is also president of the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (nn2), the only interdisciplinary professional organization serving two-year colleges. Ocander is involved in many organizations serving at-risk youth. She is on the board for D.R.E.A.M. (Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics and Mentoring) and she is president of Impact One, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of violence and poverty by engaging with young people who are known gang members or who are at high risk of becoming gang members.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu 

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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.

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