More than 320 students are expected to be graduated Saturday morning during the spring commencement at Tusculum College.
Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena located in the Niswonger Commons.
Keith Graybeal and Leanne Lietzke will present brief student addresses on behalf of the graduating class. The baccalaureate sermon, entitled “Who are You?,” will be presented by Campus Chaplain Dr. Stephen R. Weisz. Also addressing the graduates will be Dr. Dolphus E. Henry, president of the college, and Susan Vance, director of development and alumni relations and acting vice president of institutional advancement at Tusculum.
Special processional guests this commencement include members of the Tusculum College Class of 1957, this year’s “Golden Pioneer” (50-year anniversary) class.
Conferring the degrees will be Dr. Henry and Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president.
Two bagpipers, Jon Shell and Ben Pollard, will lead the commencement processional, as is traditional at Tusculum College. Organist James Winfree will provide musical accompaniment, with vocal music led by Jill Jones of the Tusculum College staff.
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a civic arts institution committed to developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Twenty-nine hundred and thirty-eight students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and nine off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.