New River Community College’s 46th annual commencement will take place on Friday, May 15, in 117 Edwards Hall on the NRCC campus in Dublin. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Thomas Brewster
Dr. Thomas Brewster will address the graduates. Brewster serves as Superintendent for Pulaski County Public Schools. He had previously served the school system as Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Brewster has also served as a teacher, principal and university professor.
As Superintendent, Brewster has worked to strengthen the partnership with New River Community College by expanding dual enrollment opportunities and opening the first Governor’s STEM Academy in Pulaski County. During his tenure, Pulaski County Public Schools has been designated National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, a National Distinguished Title I School two years in a row by the United States Department of Education, and was successful in being awarded 1st place in the Virginia School Board Association Green School Challenge. Brewster was also the recipient of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business Executive of the Year award.
Brewster recently served on the Education Transition Team for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Community College Board. He had been appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education in 2006.
Brewster was born and raised in Virginia and educated in Virginia’s public schools and universities. He holds degrees from Bluefield College, Radford University and completed his doctorate at Virginia Tech. Brewster currently resides in Falls Mills, Virginia, with his wife, Debra, and three daughters (London, Sahara and Milan).
Approximately 450 degrees, diplomas and certificates will be conferred during the ceremony.
A live-feed of the commencement ceremony will be provided on NRCC-TV (channel 2, Pulaski County only) and over the internet via NRCC’s website at www.nr.edu.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the T.J. Anderson Student Lounge on the lower level of Martin Hall with music provided by The Old Pros Big Band Orchestra.
NRCC’s associate degree nursing program will hold a separate pinning and graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 13.