Pellissippi State hosts inaugural fall Commencement Dec. 13

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Pellissippi State Community College will host its first fall graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 13, at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The ceremony will include graduates for the summer and fall of 2013. There are 238 graduates for the summer and 444 for the fall, and the college anticipates between 200 and 300 will participate in the event.

As the number of degrees awarded to Pellissippi State students has increased, the college’s Commencement ceremonies have grown larger. A total of 514 graduates walked the stage at Pellissippi State’s spring graduation. That’s when the administration determined that two ceremonies were needed.

“We’ve never had more than one graduation ceremony in an academic year,” said Rebecca Ashford, vice president of Student Affairs, “but at this past spring’s graduation ceremony, we had so many students and guests that we found we’d grown too big for our venue and realized the ceremony has become less intimate.

“The addition of this graduation ceremony will enable us to recognize our fall graduates when they finish their degrees, rather than several months after they complete them.”

Pellissippi State awarded 1,262 associate’s degrees in the 2012-2013 school year, more than any other two-year college in the state, according to the school’s governing body, the Tennessee Board of Regents. The college also awarded 935 certificates, the second highest in Tennessee.

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