First Lady of Virginia To Deliver SVCC Commencement Address

Pam NorthamPamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia, will be the Commencement Speaker for the 2018 graduation event at

Southside Virginia Community College on May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the John H. Daniel Campus, Keysville, Virginia. Her

husband, Governor Ralph Northam, was sworn in as governor on January 13, 2018. 

An educator, environmentalist and longtime advocate, Mrs. Northam has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads

and Virginia to protect water quality and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, the first lady has served

as community outreach coordinator for Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), a nonprofit environmental group. In this role, she

oversaw advocacy and outreach programs for homeowners, congregations and businesses to help them to become more

sustainable. 

Prior to joining LRN, Mrs. Northam taught high school biology. Recognizing a need for STEM in elementary

education, she became a national award-winning science specialist and worked to develop an inquiry-based, hands-on

curriculum for students in grades K through 5. The first lady was appointed to the board of trustees of the Science Museum

of Virginia, and she also is a board member of the innovative E3 School in Norfolk. 

After studying at Baylor University and the University of Texas, the first lady specialized in pediatric occupational

therapy, where her work included rehabilitation hospitals, teaching hospitals, and special education 

The Northam’s have two adult children: Wes, a neurosurgery resident; and Aubrey, a web developer.

Pam Northam