Tennessee Tech celebrating the graduation of over 800 students at its commencements Friday.
President Phil Oldham said the undergraduate class covers 39 different fields of study. Oldham said the students come from 72 counties, 18 different states and 20 other countries.
“You are prepared,” Oldham said. “You are set to get a great return on the investment you have made here, because you have what the world wants and desperately needs. Talent coupled with tenacity.”
Oldham said graduates have demonstrated high-value characteristics and overcame adversity to achieve their goal. The commencement featured three alumni speakers: Nissan Group of North America Manufacturing and Supply Chain Vice-President David Johnson, Staff Sergeant Jennifer Duggin and EY’s Financial Services Executive Ron H.R. Johnson.
Oldham said birth dates of graduates ranged from 1957 to 2003. Oldham said evidence that an education at Tennessee Tech is for everyone regardless of age.
“This is such a wonderful occasion, and it’s always such a personal thing that we see before us today hundreds of men and women who have reached a very significant milestone in their life and in their journey,” Oldham said.
Those receiving graduate degrees represent 30 fields of study.