More than 1,100 students graduated from Tennessee Tech University Saturday.
Jared Partain says the road wasn’t easy but was worth the degree he received in Manufacturing and Engineering Technology.
“It feels…it feels amazing. It’s been a long road coming and it’s been a lot of hard work but it’s been amazing. It took six years [to graduate] because we moved a couple of times…but it’s all been worth it.”
The road to graduation also took six years for Kellie Collins. Collins said she’s already managed to secure a job with her Masters in Nursing and Science degree.
“I have a job as a nurse practitioner at Sweetwater Hospital Association in Sweetwater and I work in internal medicine and gastroenerology. [I feel] extremely relieved [to graduate], I’m never writing another paper in my life.”
Bonnie Hamrick achieved her nursing degree after four and a half years, and is still processing that she is a graduate.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet but I hope by next week. I’m pretty relieved.”
Degrees were awarded to 1,112 women and men from 74 Tennessee counties. In addition, students from 18 other states and 20 other countries were represented.
Undergraduate degrees awarded represented 41 fields of study and the graduate degrees awarded represented 24.