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.