Pellissippi State graduates 700-plus at Commencement
Approximately 721 Pellissippi State students graduated
from Pellissippi State this spring. The annual
Commencement ceremony was May 2.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam was the speaker at the
event, which took place at Thompson-Boling Arena on the
University of Tennessee campus.
Haslam was elected the city’s mayor in 2003. He previously
served as president and director of Pilot Corporation,
a Knoxville-based company that operates convenience
stores and travel centers nationwide. He also is the former
chief executive officer of SAKS Direct, the e-commerce
and catalog division of Saks Fifth Avenue. Haslam is an
owner of the Tennessee Smokies East Tennessee AA
The event speaker has served in leadership roles in
numerous charities and nonprofit organizations in the
Knoxville area, including board chair and general chair for
United Way of Greater Knoxville.