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To be considered for Distinguished Alumni: nominees must have graduated with a degree or certificate, or taken a minimum of 24 credits from PHCC. They must have demonstrated success within their chosen career or field of expertise, given significant community-based services, and be able to attend the awards ceremony.

Do you know a graduate of PHCC who has distinguished himself/herself in their career and/or community? 

If so, please nominate this individual or individuals for the PHCC Distinguished Alumni awards by completing the application form. If you prefer, we can send a letter to the prospective nominee indicating that his/her name was mentioned to us as a potential candidate, and would they please complete and return the nomination form.

Nominations dates are set each year and will be posted when available. The Alumni dinner is held on a Friday night in each May. The exact date will be posted when available.

Nomination form is also available from the Office of Institutional Advancement, Patrick Henry Community College, 645 Patriot Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112, or by calling 276-656-0250 or emailing

Distinguished alumni are nominated by friends, family and faculty and staff at PHCC.

Please help us find the next group of PHCC alums to join our elite list of Distinguished Alumni.

You see them everywhere, every day. They are doctors, lawyers, police officers, teachers. They are nurses, judges, and legal assistants. Some are network administrators. Others are social workers. They direct and own businesses. They provide the support that keeps our economy going. They are your neighbors and they have something in common. They are among the 60,000 students who have studied at Patrick Henry Community College.

We value our alumni and want to stay connected with graduates, former students, and friends of the college who embrace and support the mission of the institution.  We want to promote the interaction of faculty, staff and current students with alumni, members of the community, and friends.

PHNews is our alumni newsletter to share news about the college and for alumni to share educational, occupational and/or personal aspects of their lives after they attended PHCC.  Friends of the college may also want to connect with the college and show support of the programs and services that PHCC has been offering in the region since 1962. 

Connecting with other alumni and friends of PHCC helps you to:

  • Keep in touch with classmates, favorite teachers, support staff and other friends
  • Learn how the institution has grown and flourished over the span of several decades
  • Find out about new programs of study and growing opportunities for guaranteed admission to four-year colleges and universities
  • Network for professional opportunities to build or expand career pathways
  • Learn how to contribute to the efforts of the PHCC Foundation to provide funds for student scholarships, equipment and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff 

Patriot Athletic Club - Join the ranks of other proud PHCC Athletic sponsors. Your membership will provide you with special privileges, like season tickets, autographs, memorabilia, and more.

Frank Tatum graduated from PHCC in 1996 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a specialization in Microcomputer Specialist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational and Technical Studies from Old Dominion University in 1999, an Associate in Arts and Science degree in General Studies from PHCC in 2000, and a Master of Science in Community College Teaching from ODU in 2003. He is currently employed as a Desktop Technician in the Information Technology department at PHCC and teaches classes as an adjunct instructor. Prior to joining PHCC, Tatum was employed by Sara Lee Knitting.

During his time at PHCC, Tatum has served as President of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and has been recognized as Outstanding Male Student in 1999-2000, Outstanding Officer for Psi Phi Chapter of PTK in 1999-2000, and Outstanding Male Leader for the Alliance for Excellence in 2000. He has served as assistant pastor at the Trinity Church of the Living God for 18 years.