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NOVA graduate Sharon Bulova to deliver Commencement speech

April 30, 2009

A Northern Virginia Community College graduate who has devoted her life to public service will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Commencement. Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, will address the graduates during NOVA’s 43rd Commencement on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. The ceremony in the Patriot Center at George Mason University is open to the public. More than 3,000 students are graduating this spring.

Bulova graduated from NOVA in 1977 with a degree in business management. Currently serving her first term as Fairfax County Board chairman, Bulova has represented the Braddock District on the board since 1987. She also chairs the Budget Committee.

Bulova has been a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission since 1988. She is a founding member of the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board and has served as that board’s chairman four times.

In 2004, former Gov. Mark Warner appointed Bulova to chair the Governor’s Commission on Rail Enhancement for the 21st Century in the Commonwealth of Virginia which recommended the creation of a State Rail Advisory Board. In 2005, she was elected the first chairman of that board which makes recommendations to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to fund projects that have a significant public benefit.

She is also a member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, a member of the Council of Government (COG) Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, and past chairman of COG’s Metropolitan Development Process Committee.

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