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:
Four finalists have been announced for the President of Chattanooga State Community College.
The finalists are:
- Dr. Karla A. Fisher, vice president of Academics and former interim president at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas;
- Dr. Kevin A. Pollock, president of St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan;
- Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy, provost and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas Campus; and
- Dr. Flora W. Tydings, president of Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia.
Each will participate in campus forums and community receptions the week of May 4 thru May 8. According to the Tennessee Board of Regents website:
Did you know our Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing at Chattanooga State currently ranks 4th in the state out of 39 similar programs on the licensure exams (as of Sept. 2014)? Our nursing graduates had a 95.9% pass rate compared to the national average of 82.8% and the Tennessee average of 88.05%.
Here is more good news from across our campus and in the community:
Chattanooga State welcomes Rick Bragg and Lila Quintero Weaver as our 2015 Writers@Work. The schedule of free community events is as follows:
Jeremy studies Psychology as well as Sociology here at Chattanooga State. His passion for helping others prompted his decision on his major after working with children at the Chattanooga Zoo and through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past five years. He received a scholarship from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Tennessee Reconnect provides free tuition for Chattanooga State’s TCAT – Tennessee College of Applied Technology. As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative:
“Tennessee Reconnect is designed to help more adults complete a postsecondary degree or credential.”
UTC’s Japanese Outreach Coordinator Asami Nakano joined the Chattanooga State Global Scholars for a workshop in origami and etegami today:
Emily Abel is a journalism student attending Chattanooga State Community College. She opted for a change of scenery from Syracuse, New York in February of 2014 and has since been residing in Chattanooga with her Aunt.
When she isn’t trying to finish school work or her latest art project, Emily enjoys local yoga classes and cooking recipes she found on Pinterest.
As a writer, Emily intends to start her coverage of topics for ChattState Stat while also continuing her independent poetry and prose.
We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our writing team this semester!