by De’Lara Khalili Stephens, alum and current faculty
I am grateful to Chattanooga State Community College because of all of those individuals who pursued collective excellence in the community by simply being one person helping one person.
“Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
Chattanooga State is thankful for 50 years of service to our community. As part of our year-long celebration, we are pleased to announce a social media campaign called the 50 Faces of Gratitude that will feature students, alumni, current and former employees as well as business and industry leaders sharing why they are grateful for Chattanooga State.
Follow the hashtag #ChattState50 on your social media networks, join the conversation and help us give thanks for 50 years of service to our community.
If you would like to be one of the 50 Faces of Gratitude, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
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.
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!”