Last updated on January 24, 2022
By Bailey Guy
All graduates are encouraged to attend Volunteer State Community College’s Fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This Commencement is for summer 2021 graduates and pending fall 2021 applicants. 270 students graduated in summer 2021, and 551 students are pending graduation for the fall 2021 semester.
“Out of the 821 students invited to participate in Commencement, we currently have 243 students signed up to walk in the ceremony. The participation for this ceremony is up about 2-3 percent from the past four non-pandemic December Commencements,” said Amber Regan, Graduation Associate for the Office of Records and Registration.
“Out of the 243 participants, 73 will have ‘latin honors’ announced with their name as they cross the stage,” said Regan.
Deborah Moore, Associate Professor of English at Vol State along with being a podcaster and social media influencer, will be the Commencement Speaker.
“I’ve been here for a couple years now since I was here pre-pandemic, and now I’m just finishing things up, learning how to be a teacher,” said Tanner Lebel, who’s majoring in Secondary Education and will be graduating this month.
“The ceremony will be streamed on the Vol State website for anyone that is not able to attend the ceremony. A recording will also be posted on that website within a week of the event for anyone that missed the live event or would like to watch it again,” said Regan.
“Students participating in the ceremony will receive an empty diploma case as they cross the stage. summer 2021 graduates were mailed their diplomas already. Fall graduates should visit https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/diploma for details on confirming their mailing address, diploma name and to find details on when fall diplomas will be mailed,” said Regan.
“We look forward to celebrating our students’ success. We strongly encourage all graduates to view the Commencement Ceremony. This is a time for you, your family and friends, instructors, and college staff to celebrate your achievement,” according to the Campus Event page.
“Congratulations class of 2021! We are always proud of our graduates but persevering in a time of uncertainty and change due to the pandemic gives us even more reasons to be proud of this class. We wish you continued success and best wishes on your next adventure,” said Regan.