Community College of the District of Columbia


February 19, 2010


CCDC Announces Keynote Speaker for Spring Inaugural Commencement

Washington, D.C.Dr. William Trueheart, a national leader in harnessing the power of communities and colleges to help students achieve their goals, will deliver the keynote speech at the Community College of the District of Columbia’s inaugural commencement this spring. Trueheart was recently named the CEO of Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a multi-year nationwide initiative to encourage minority and low-income students to overcome adversity, to succeed and to earn a college credential.

“We are privileged that Dr. Trueheart has agreed to serve as our keynote speaker for the first commencement in CCDC’s history,” said Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, CEO of CCDC. “Dr. Trueheart’s is dedicated to the advancement of students, here in the District of Columbia and across the country.  His philosophy mirrors our commitment to educational access and excellence.”

Trueheart has devoted his career to forging educational innovations and advancing the efforts of nonprofit organizations. Before joining Achieving the Dream, he served as president of Bryant University and president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental, America’s oldest and largest children’s and family literacy organization. He was also president of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the 14th-largest community foundation in the country.

The CCDC spring commencement is scheduled for May 8, 2010. 


The Community College of the District of Columbia
Established as an independent institution in January 2009 and officially launched in August 2009, the Community College aims to create a dynamic and innovative institution focused on providing residents of the Washington metropolitan area access to affordable, high quality education for lifelong learning, career advancement, and workforce development. The College currently offers 21 associate degree and three certificate programs, as well as more than 22 workforce development programs. A member of the University System of the District of Columbia, the College’s main campus is currently located within the UDC campus at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. As part of its Workforce Development Program, the College also includes five program locations located across District wards. Visit for more information.

Contact: Julie Johnson, Deputy Director of the Community College of the District of Columbia,, 202-274-5040 (o),