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DCC 2012 COMMENCEMENT TO INCLUDE A TRIBUTE TO VETERANS

 

Rear Admiral Robert Fountain

Rear Admiral Robert Fountain (Ret.) will address DCC graduates.

DANVILLE, VA  May 2, 2012 -- Rear Admiral Robert R. Fountain (Ret.) will be the speaker for Danville Community College 2012 Commencement, which this year will include a tribute to military personnel. The graduation is set for Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on the grounds near the Hill Building. All fall and spring graduates and students who will complete their studies in the summer will participate.

This year’s program includes more than 600 graduates (a record number) who will receive associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The number includes more than 100 high school seniors who will be receiving a General Studies Certificate and Associate of Arts and Science Degrees. In addition, honorary associate in humane letters degrees will be awarded to Dr. B.R. Ashby Jr., and Danville businessman Frank W. Mobley Jr. Scholarship recipients who are continuing their education at four-year institutions will also be recognized during the ceremony.

The focus on veterans this year serves in recognition of the countless military personnel who have valiantly served this nation throughout the years. In fall 2011, DCC organized its first chapter of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and hired a Veterans Affairs Specialist. A number of the SVO members are among the 2012 graduates.

Admiral Fountain, who was appointed a member of the State Board for Community Colleges in July 2011, serves as the state board liaison to the DCC Board. A native of Norfolk, Admiral Fountain grew up in High Point, NC. He graduated from the local public schools and attended the University of Rochester as a Baker Scholar prior to his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. Graduating with distinction in 1955, he rose through the ranks of the Navy with service in surface ships and submarines. During the Cold War, he commanded the USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), a nuclear-powered attack submarine with great distinction. The Submarine Development Squadron 12 was charged with perfection of tactics for the entire Submarine Force. Promoted to Admiral in 1979, Admiral Fountain commanded U.S. naval forces in the Central Pacific prior to assignment as Director, ASW and Undersea Warfare Systems, charged with development and acquisition of new surface ship and submarine undersea weapons and combat systems.

Upon retirement from the Navy in 1985, Admiral Fountain joined the Honeywell, Inc., Undersea Systems Division in Seattle and later served as Vice President of the Advanced Marine Systems Operation in Minneapolis, San Diego and Arlington, VA. Admiral Fountain retired to his farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1992 where he has been active in civic affairs, serving as Chairman of the county’s Industrial Development Authority and the Regional Economic Development Partnership, President of the Northern Neck Historical Society, Chairman of the Rappahannock Community College Board, and Chairman of the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority.

 

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