The 48th NOVA Commencement took place on May 18 at George Mason University’s Patriot Center with Dr. Charles Errico as the keynote speaker. Errico began his academic career at NOVA in 1975 and is currently a professor of history and assistant dean for the social sciences at NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus.
Errico told the graduates that NOVA is filled with faculty, administrators and staff dedicated to helping students. “But now it’s payback time guys,” he said. “Each of you can pay us back by leaving here today and making the world a better place to live by being ethical, honest and caring people.”
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipient Frank Maia, the featured student speaker, received a standing ovation for his moving speech. He told his “NOVA brothers and sisters” that what makes them different from other graduates is their legacy and solidarity. “I won’t ever forget where I came from. It all started at NOVA. Wherever you go, don’t ever forget where you came from,” Maia said.
Watch the video on the NOVA TV Center’s Video on Demand server at http://www.nvcc.edu/tvcenter/vod/CourseView.aspx?Course=COMMENCEMENT.