Lord Fairfax Community College to Hold Commencement Ceremonies on May 11 and 12

For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will hold its annual Commencement ceremonies on the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses the second weekend in May. Information about each ceremony follows:

  • The Middletown Campus Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11, 2007, at 6 p.m. on the lawn behind the Fredy and Klara Kummli Student Center, located at 173 Skirmisher Lane in Middletown.
  • The Fauquier Campus Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn near the Bob G. Sowder Library, located at 6480 College Street in Warrenton.

Tentatively, 729 LFCC students will graduate on May 11 and 12. This figure includes summer 2006, fall 2006, spring 2007 and summer 2007 graduates. As of April 23, 2007, 572 Middletown Campus students and 157 Fauquier Campus students have applied for graduation.

LFCC graduates Julie Gaven and Beverly Meadows Douglas will serve as Commencement speakers. Gaven will speak at the Middletown Campus, and Douglas will speak at the Fauquier Campus.

In addition, five individuals will be recognized during the ceremonies for their significant contributions to the College. The College Medallion of Recognition Award recipients are chosen by the College Board. Presentation of the awards will take place on May 8, 2007, at the LFCC employee luncheon. The 2007 recipients follow:

  • Brian M. Madden, a Warren County resident, has been a member of the Lord Fairfax Community College Board since 1996. In 2003, he was elected to the position of Commonwealth’s Attorney for Warren County.
  • Sally F. Murray, a Fauquier County resident, served the community as tourism director for Warrenton and Fauquier County and executive director of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce. Murray continues to devote her time to the area as a member of the Fauquier County School Board and chair of the Mountain Vista Governor’s School Governing Board. The Mountain Vista Governor’s School recruits its students from the high schools in LFCC’s service region and is headquartered and holds classes at the LFCC Fauquier and Middletown Campuses.
  • H. D. Northern Jr., Ed.D., a Shenandoah County resident, has provided leadership to Shenandoah County Public Schools as the division superintendent since 1995. In this capacity, Northern has led capital project initiatives resulting in elementary school and high school additions and renovations, implemented and taught in the Leadership Academy program and increased academic rigor resulting from additional AP and dual-enrollment classes through LFCC’s Dual Enrollment Program.
  • Sen. H. R. “Russ” Potts Jr., a Winchester resident, represents the 27th district, which includes the counties of Clarke (all), Fauquier (part), Frederick (all) and Loudoun (part) and the city of Winchester (all). Potts has been a member of the Virginia General Assembly since 1992. As chair of the Senate Education and Health Committee, Potts has supported the College throughout the years and assisted in the recent passage of the two-year college transfer grant program.
  • Beverley B. Shoemaker, a Frederick County resident, attended LFCC from 1973-75, only three years after it opened its door. During her career, Shoemaker has served in various roles from manager to partner in the rental property arena. Shoemaker is also a donor to the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.