ACCESS College Foundation to Host “College Commitment Day” On April 25 For More Than 2,000 Local High School Seniors

WHAT: More than 2,000 students from across Hampton Roads and Northampton County will gather for ACCESS College Commitment Day to celebrate their decision to further their education. 1,200 participated in the inaugural event in 2016. Since 1988, ACCESS has helped more than 55,000 students go to college by guiding families in South Hampton Roads and Northampton County through the admission and financial aid processes. During the high energy, one-hour long program on the arena floor, students, some of whom will be the first in their families to go to college, will share their excitement about this important step in their future on social media using #CatchMeInCollege2017.

WHO: ACCESS representatives and students will be available for interviews. Event speakers include:

  • Cedricka Dalton, Churchland High School gradate, obtained bachelors’ degree from NSU, currently an Electronics Engineer for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center on Naval Station Norfolk’s base and pursuing her master’s at ODU
  • Demetrius Stitmon, Nansemond River High School graduate, freshman at ODU studying mechanical engineering
  • Joseph Dugan, graduating senior at Princess Anne High School, planning to attend VCU in the Fall

WHEN:           Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Ted Constant Convocation Center (4320 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk)


About Access College Foundation: Founded by local philanthropists Frank Batten, Sr. and Joshua P. Darden, Jr. the Access College Foundation ( provides a path for students who may not have the opportunity to attend and complete college. Access College Foundation, with offices at 7300 Newport Avenue in Norfolk, has leveraged over $500-million in financial aid and scholarships, as well as offered guidance and support, to help over 55,000 students achieve their higher education goals for over 28 years.