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Sen. Tim Kaine to deliver commencement address at NOVA’s 51st Graduation Ceremony, May 14 at Jiffy Lube Live

United States Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) will deliver the commencement address for Northern Virginia Community College’s Spring 2017 Commencement. Kaine has been a friend to NOVA and to higher education in general. NOVA’s 51st Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, Va. More than 7,600 NOVA students will graduate.


Prior to being elected to the senate in 2012, Tim Kaine was devoted to the service of others as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Aging Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development.


As part of the Armed Services committee, he worked to reduce unemployment among veterans, and drafted the Troop Talent Act of 2013, which established new standards to help active duty service members attain civilian credentials for military skills to assist them in transitioning into the workforce, a cause that has been an area of focus at NOVA.


Kaine was founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, which focuses on improving access to CTE programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. Many of his proposals to advance CTE were included in the 2015 re-write of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He also supports expanding economic opportunity through infrastructure investment, immigration reform and smart strategies to expand affordable health care access.


Kaine is married to Anne Holton, who served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016. A former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, Anne previously ran Great Expectations, a program for more than 500 foster children attending Virginia community colleges.


For details and directions, visit NOVA’s graduation page.


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



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 NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.