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Representing Vol State left to right: Nicholas Bishop, vice president for Economic and Community Development; Dennis Powers, alumnus of the year, class of 1973; Beth Carpenter, vice president for Business and Finance; Jerry Faulkner, president; George Pimentel, vice president for Academic Affairs; Emily Short, vice president for Student Services; David Fuqua, speaker, Faculty Council; and Colette Catania, vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning, and Assessment. SUBMITTED

Hundreds of Volunteer State Community College students celebrated Spring 2020 graduation on Saturday in a unique event. 

The ceremony was held online, the first virtual commencement in the history of the college. The event was changed from the traditional ceremony due to COVID-19 health concerns. Speakers congratulated the students and many of the graduates took the opportunity to add pictures and short videos, giving the ceremony a personal touch.

Student Division Award winners were also announced during the ceremony: Humanities – Justin Frech of Cross Plains; Business and Technology – Joshua Burgess of Gallatin; Math and Science – Richard Wiencek of Hendersonville; Social Science and Education – Alexandria Carman, of Portland; and Health Sciences – Addy Stover of Monroe.


Three hundred students participated in the online celebration. Graduates included thirty-three Middle College students who achieved their associate’s degree while also finishing their high school career. They will receive a high school diploma later this summer. The graduates have a wide variety of backgrounds, aged 17 to 66 years old. 

Twenty graduates are Veterans and there are 199 adult graduates who attended with the tuition-free TN Reconnect program. There are 314 eligible graduates who used the tuition-free TN Promise program for graduating high school seniors. The graduates came from 25 different birth countries.


The Spring 2020 virtual graduation ceremony is available for public viewing at www.volstate.edu/graduation.

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