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Germanna students enjoy festive graduation and compliments from community college chancellor

Germanna Community College held its first December graduation tonight and it had a festive air as the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band provided Christmas music prior to the start of the program.

Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois was on hand and complimented the students for their spirit in dealing with the challenges of adjusting classes after the August earthquake that damaged the Spotsylvania campus’ main building.

He said they didn’t “miss a beat” and called their response “legendary.”

Faculty also showed their Christmas spirit last night.

Photographer Peter Cihelka captured the image below of biology instructor and assistant to the dean Shashuna Gray (left) and instructional designer Julie Mersiowsky sharing a laugh while wearing Santa hats before the ceremony at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.