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Nicki Spurling at graduation

Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Nicki Spurling transferred her job from Georgia to Tennessee to be with her husband. After a few years, however, she felt she’d been putting her education on the back burner for too long, and it was time to go back to school. “I really want to do it,” she told her husband, who… Read More »Cancer diagnosis didn’t stop Spurling from finishing her degree

Sawyer Radford in Pellissippi State's Teacher Education classroom on the Hardin Valley Campus

Childhood challenges mold Radford into intuitive teacher

Sawyer Radford of Maryville wanted nothing more than to go to college, but her family faced a lot of challenges when she was growing up.  Between the death of her father and the hospitalization of one of her sisters, Radford made the heartbreaking decision to withdraw from classes at Carson-Newman… Read More »Childhood challenges mold Radford into intuitive teacher

Tim Dabney and his stepkids Lexi and Zane Douglas at spring 2022 commencement

Three family members graduate from Pellissippi State together

Jennifer Dabney of Maryville had three good reasons to be at Pellissippi State Community College’s spring 2022 Commencement: her husband, her daughter and her son.  Tim Dabney, 41, and his stepchildren Lexi Douglas, 24, and Zane Douglas, 22, earned their associate degrees at Pellissippi State, walking across the stage May… Read More »Three family members graduate from Pellissippi State together

Anika Schultz with "Done!" shirt at Mini-Graduation Fair on April 28

Pellissippi State allows Commencement speaker to pursue her passions

Anika Schultz will speak at Pellissippi State’s spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies this weekend, but even though Schultz is only 19, it won’t be her first time addressing a crowd. From testifying in front of the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of a bill she wrote to bringing home a gold… Read More »Pellissippi State allows Commencement speaker to pursue her passions

students at graduation

Pellissippi State shifts Commencement ceremonies due to forecast

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… Read More »Pellissippi State shifts Commencement ceremonies due to forecast

students at graduation

Pellissippi State grads, guests clamor to attend in-person Commencement ceremonies

While 689 Pellissippi State Community College students will graduate this May, the College already has more than 2,500 guests registered to attend the school’s Commencement ceremonies this week.  Pellissippi State will hold two Commencement ceremonies, both in the courtyard of its Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville: 7… Read More »Pellissippi State grads, guests clamor to attend in-person Commencement ceremonies

Christy Pittman smiles for selfie on stage at Commencement

Graduate spotlight: Degree takes salon owner from nail design to interior design

Christy Pittman can still remember the scent of her Daddy’s woodshop when she was young.  “I’ve always loved the smell of sawdust, woodsmoke, paint and varnish,” remembers Pittman, now 53 and a grandmother of three. “That is where my love of design began.”  Now, after 20 years as a nail… Read More »Graduate spotlight: Degree takes salon owner from nail design to interior design

Woman stands in front of Pellissippi State shied

Pellissippi State Commencement returns to Thompson-Boling Arena

A global pandemic couldn’t stop these Pellissippi State Community College students from graduating. The 520 fall graduates and 266 summer graduates will welcome back some normalcy next week, as Pellissippi State holds its first indoor Commencement since fall 2019. Pellissippi State’s Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec.… Read More »Pellissippi State Commencement returns to Thompson-Boling Arena