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Celebrating this year’s graduates

Last updated on June 22, 2022

By Ryan Hanna

Volunteer State Community College’s spring graduation ceremony and reception will take place in the Pickel Field House gymnasium May 7, at 10 am. Vol State hosts two graduations per calendar year, one for the spring semester students and one for the fall semester students.

This year though, the school is planning a reception for after the commencement ceremonies. It will be the first time in a long time that a graduation ceremony has had a reception though, says Tim Amyx, the Director of Admissions and College Registrar.

“It’s a lot like any other college graduation. It’s a little different than high school graduation, but for the most part it’s pretty straightforward,” said Amyx. “Of course the faculty will be there, there will be a couple of speakers and then everybody’s name will be read and they’ll walk across the stage.”

Dr. Carole Bucy, retiring professor of history, will deliver the commencement address. Bucy has been a faculty member at Vol State for 27 years.

For sophomore Josie David, graduation offers a relief from the academic impacts of the pandemic as well as many new challenges ahead of her.

“I’m excited, school has been a little rocky with everything going on since COVID, but other than that I’m really excited and ready to transfer,” said Josie. “I’ve learned a lot of things here but one of the most important things I’ve learned here is to really communicate with people, like that’s really important.”

 There will be 372 graduating students in this semester’s class and Tami Wallace, the Director of Public Relations and Marketing, says she wants it to be a time to celebrate all of the students’ accomplishments.

“We really just want to welcome everybody back, it’s a full in-person graduation and it should be just a time to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments and make it a wonderful day.”

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