FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Andrea J. Burney, APR
Director of Public Relations
DCC SETS 2011 COMMENCEMENT
The Honorable Gerard Robinson
Richard G. Barkhouser
DANVILLE, VA, May 2, 2011 – Danville Community College will hold
its 2011 Commencement on Friday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m.
This year’s event will be held on the DCC main campus
athletic field. Virginia’s Secretary of Education Gerard
Robinson will be the speaker. All fall and spring
graduates and students who will complete their studies in the
summer will participate.
Associate degrees, diplomas and certificates will be awarded to
more than 500 graduates, including high school seniors who are
simultaneously earning their high school diplomas and college
credit with a First Year Studies Certificate or Associate of
Arts and Science Degree from Danville Community College. These
students from Chatham, Dan River, Tunstall and Halifax County
High Schools have earned college credit by taking dual
enrollment classes at their respective schools.
An Honorary Associate in Humane Letters Degree will be awarded
to businessman Richard G. Barkhouser for his
generous support of DCC. Both he and his wife, Mildred “Kit” W.
Barkhouser, have also served on either the College Board or the
DCC Educational Foundation Board. Most recently, the Barkhousers
provided the gift to establish the Barkhouser Free Enterprise
Center on the DCC campus. In addition, scholarship recipients
who are continuing their education at four-year colleges and
universities will be recognized during the ceremony.
Robinson, who is a community college graduate himself, assumed
his current post in January 2010 with an appointment by Governor
Bob McDonnell. Prior to that, he served as the President of the
Black Alliance for Educational Options, a national nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization whose mission is to actively support
parental choice to empower families and to increase quality
educational options for Black children. Robinson also has served
as a senior research associate for the School Choice
Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas, and as a
senior fellow at the Institute for the Transformation of
Learning at Marquette University where he assisted in reform
efforts related to Milwaukee's private and public school choice
programs and provided testimony before a Wisconsin legislative
hearing on "Closing the Achievement Gap."
Robinson, who began his career as an educator in Los Angeles, is
a nationally-recognized expert on the modern charter school
movement and serves on the Policy Advisory Council at the
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and on the board of
the U.S. Department of Education’s National Charter School
Resource Center. He is the author of numerous publications and
has travelled extensively in the U.S. and abroad giving formal
and informal presentations about education and public policy.
Robinson received a Master of Education degree from Harvard
University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University,
and an Associate of Arts degree from El Camino Community
College. He is married and has three daughters.
For more information about DCC’s commencement, please contact
the Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student
Services, at 434.797.8410 or
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