Fall Commencement 2013

Event Information

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Turner Chapel, NGU Campus, 7801 N. Tigerville Rd, Tigerville SC 29688

Arrival & Parking

Be aware of event signage as you arrive on campus. Campus Security personnel will direct you to parking areas. If you or any member of your party requires special assistance or transportation from parking areas to the chapel, please alert a security officer when you arrive.

Featured Speaker

John G. Rocovich, Jr. 

Rocovich was born in Roanoke, Va. He graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1963 and attended Virginia Tech, graduating cum laude from the College of Business in 1966. He attended law school at the University of Richmond and earned his Juris doctorate and passed the Virginia bar in 1967. Rocovich then entered New York University, where he graduated with his Master of Law in taxation in 1968.

Rocovich returned to Roanoke to establish the law firm Moss & Rocovich, where he currently practices taxation and trusts and estate law with his daughter, Elizabeth. He has been admitted to the bar in Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the 4th and 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Rocovich has also made Virginia Tech the central focus of his life, with much of his work in support of the university was instrumental in securing two large gifts for Virginia Tech's Chemistry Department to create the Harvey W. Peters Research Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease and Disorders of the Central Nervous System and endowing two departments in the College of Engineering. Each year, the growing return from the endowment funds several dozen undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships in the Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering and in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The endowment also funds several other programs.

The Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Tech Athletic Association, and the 4-H Center have also benefited from Johnís allegiance.

His interest and support extends beyond Virginia Tech to other areas of education and civic organizations. He founded the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg and is the Chairman of its board of directors. Approximately 11 NGU students have been accepted to Edward Via and have graduated or are still in the program. One student has been accepted to enter in 2014.

He also was a member of the board of trustees of Mary Baldwin College, a member of the board of visitors of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a member of the Education Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Western Virginia Foundation for Arts and Sciences, member of the board of directors of the Art Museum of Western Virginia, a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He served as a member of the Governor's Commission on Champion Schools from 1994 to 1996, was a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the Governor's Distance Learning Steering Committee from 1999 to 2000.

John and his wife, Sue Ellen, have two children: Elizabeth and Frank. They have three granddaughters.

Remote Viewing

For our friends who can't attend, but who would like to watch the service, our media team will be live streaming the event.

NGU / Commemorative Merchandise

The Campus bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests and families of our graduates can find NGU merchandise such as auto decals, pennants, flags, clothing, alumni items, and other souvenirs.

Our newest alumni may also wish to purchase class rings if they have not already done so. These may be ordered via the bookstore.

NGU partners with Churchill Classics, who manufactures premium degree frames complete with the NGU crest, or with the crest and a photograph of the landmark front entrance fountain. Visit the NGU Merchandise page on our site, or the Churchill Classics NGU Online Shop.