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:
- This class is 63% female.
- Our oldest graduate was born in 1949.
- Our youngest graduate was born 1997.
Outgoing Student Government Association President Derek Dameron gave brief remarks about becoming an alum of Chattanooga State, and below are excerpts:
“I have had the honor of serving as the student body president for a year and a half now. Some of you I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the years and some of you I’m getting to meet for the first time today. Either way we all have one thing in common–we’re now Chattanooga State alumni.
The word alumni comes from our Latin word Alere, which means to nourish. We have all been nourished and grown in one way or another from our time here at ChattState.
We are all walking away with more than just a piece of paper, we are walking away with experiences that have put us ahead of the game.
As alumni we have been nourished with knowledge and experience that we can turn around and nourish the students that are following in our footsteps. We can nourish our school in many different ways, be it through donations and by getting involved with our alumni group. Let’s continue making a difference in our Chattanooga community by staying involved with our Chattanooga State Community College, and let’s continue to spread the nourishment to those who are now being nourished like we were.
Thank you to all the families and faculty who are here today, we couldn’t have done it without your support and pushing us to strive for more.”
Derek will continue his studies in Mass Communications at MTSU’s Center for Innovation in Media this fall.
Congratulations to all our new alumni, and we look forward to following your continued success and staying in touch with you over the years!