Make plans to join us for our first-ever Reunion Days at Chattanooga State to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and help us mark fifty years serving Chattanooga. The goal of Reunion Days is to celebrate our proud past, reconnect with one another and showcase our campus community during featured events throughout this academic year.
Be sure to visit chattanoogastate.edu/50th for the latest on our growing schedule of events. Our preliminary schedule of events is below:
Visit chattanoogastate.edu/50th to view our growing timeline and photo gallery.
Editor’s note: Chattanooga State alumni are encouraged to share their memories on our alumni Facebook page here.
ChattState 50th: the early years 1963-65
ChattState is celebrating 50 years of service to our community this year. As this important milestone unfolds, we are taking the time to reflect where the College has been over the last half century.
1963: School Announced For Chattanooga Area
In the early 1960s, the Tennessee State Board of Education began efforts to establish community colleges across the state as a result of post-World War II children entering higher education. The school was to be located on Moccasin Bend.
1964: School Named Chattanooga State Technical Institute
Moccasin Bend site approved. Construction of the foundation begins, but the area was marsh land and very difficult to work with.
Sophie studied in the honors program of elementary education here at Chattanooga State. Sophie chose elementary education on account of her love for teaching; she currently teaches varsity soccer. She originally hails from Australia, but moved to the United States in 2013 to pursue her education. Motivated by the high standards she set for herself and her family’s competitiveness, Sophie recently transferred to UTC.
You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Health Science Center Berry Auditorium.
Chattanooga State Commencement was held on Saturday, May 9 at the Memorial Auditorium. The Class of 2015 is represented by 20 countries with a total of 403 students receiving honors. Our oldest graduate is 68 years old receiving an AAS in Human Services Specialist and our youngest graduate is 16 years old receiving an Associate of Science. Females represent 58% of our graduates and 42% are males. We have 56 students graduating from Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State with 28 of these receiving an Associate degree at the same time.
Read, and be inspired by, the full commencement speech by Emily McElroy, Class of 2015 Student Government Association President:
Members of the very first graduating class of Chattanooga State gathered on campus this afternoon to celebrate the release of their college memories video captured on film during their 46th Reunion held in November 2013. When Class President Gary Ainscough ’67 was asked why they were celebrating their 46th, he said: “We’re getting a running start for our 50th!”
Congratulations to the Class of 2014 — all 1,678 of you! Chattanooga State’s most recent Commencement was held on Saturday, May 10th at the Memorial Auditorium. President Jim Catanzaro opened the ceremony with a few notable class demographics:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can be, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it right now.” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Happy New Year from the ChattState Stat, our new blog for Alumni and Friends of Chattanooga State! We are looking forward to another year of achievements and the opportunity to share some of this awesomeness with you here.