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Pellissippi State shifts Commencement ceremonies due to forecast

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Maydette Ziatdinov, left, celebrates earning her associate degree in Business in May 2021 with her only son, Ralph Panganiban, right, who earned his associate degree in Computer Information Technology.

Due to unfavorable weather forecasts for Friday, May 6, Pellissippi State Community College has rescheduled both of its outdoor Commencement ceremonies to Saturday, May 7. 

The ceremonies will still be held in the Hardin Valley Campus Courtyard, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville. 

Dean of Students Travis Loveday alerted all graduates and guests who had registered to attend Commencement ceremonies via email Wednesday evening. 

“To make Commencement memorable for all the right reasons, we are making the decision to reschedule the ceremonies,” he wrote. “We are very excited to celebrate your accomplishments with you this weekend! We will see you at the Hardin Valley Campus soon.” 

Pellissippi State has rescheduled Commencement ceremonies as follows: 

  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, has been rescheduled to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, out of concern the ground will still be wet on Saturday morning 

Graduates do not need to re-register for Commencement, but are asked to attend the rescheduled ceremony that corresponds with their original commitment to ensure the College has enough seating for graduates and their guests. Pellissippi State is expecting more than 2,500 people between the two ceremonies. 

If the forecast shows increased chances of inclement weather for Saturday afternoon and evening, Pellissippi State will move the ceremonies to Sunday, May 8. A decision will be made on Friday, and graduates and guests will be notified of any additional changes on Friday afternoon. 

Graduates and guests with questions about where to enter campus, arrival times or anything Commencement related should visit the Graduation website at or contact 

Guests in need of accommodations should reach out to or call 865-694-6411 for assistance.