MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- What’s on your calendar for Saturday?
Why not join the MTSU community in Hale Arena at the Murphy Center on the campus for the fall 2013 commencement ceremonies? As always, the public is welcome to attend the ceremonies.
Whether attending at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m., or even both, attendees will have an opportunity that is all too rare: a chance to see some of Tennessee’s best managers and employees, creators and leaders, thinkers and doers take the next step into the world they will be charged with improving.
The 1,965 students who are set to receive their degrees Saturday have accomplished feats that many – or perhaps only their closest friends – know.
They have worked in different ways to contribute to their communities since they were children, or perhaps just since they first sat down in an MTSU classroom.
Nearly all of the people taking home that infamous “piece of paper” are undergraduates who started their college careers as nervous freshmen, seasoned community-college transfer students, or career-changing nontraditional students.
Another 320 are accepting their graduate-level degrees, proving their intellect as well as their endurance.
Each of those 1,965 students who will add an MTSU bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist’s or doctoral degree to their resumes this weekend has already lived a unique story.
This new chapter means a new title: MTSU graduate.
They are joining the more than 110,000 people around the world who also are MTSU alumni.
Isn’t that a little mind-boggling?
As a reward for working hard and earning a degree, they can count themselves in the same group as Nobel Prize economics laureate James M. Buchanan, artist Wayne White, naval aviator Vernice Armour and acclaimed educator Terry Weeks. If one were to list the other 109,996-plus graduates, there would likely be thousands of other recognizable names as well.
The guest speakers for this fall’s commencement ceremonies both are part of that group of alumni: state Sen. Bill Ketron, who will address the morning event, and Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, the afternoon speaker. Reed made history recently when she became the first woman to serve as mayor of Smyrna.
The MTSU community celebrates countless people and events each semester, but none can match the sense of pride and accomplishment that the campus community feels at commencement with every degree that is awarded.
Three times each year, community members all walk a bit taller on campus with the knowledge that more students are prepared to meet off-campus challenges.
So, why not share some of the pride this weekend?
For those who cannot attend inside the Murphy Center, the ceremonies will be broadcast live via streaming video. More details about the live feed are available at www.mtsunews.com.
In fact, residents are invited to bookmark the website and check it every semester for commencement details.
The news and media team keeps the website current, so residents will be able to join the MTSU community each time it celebrates another class of newly minted college graduates.