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Graduates are Given the Advice, “Never Quit Learning”

Jun 02, 2014

The Bristol Campus’s commencement ceremony was held on Thursday, May 22nd at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee.  Fifty-six students were awarded associate’s degrees and diplomas. 

Campus director Michael Stout welcomed students and their families to the ceremony.  He praised students and faculty for their hard work, telling the graduates that their education is a legacy to pass on to your families.  Michael also shared a special message from President Frank Longaker, noting that the college is celebrating its 128th year.  He then presented the 2014 Educator of Distinction award to instructor Jonathan Worley on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges and Schools.

Chris Lee, chief operating officer of Bill Gatton Chevrolet and Bristol Chamber of Commerce president, delivered the commencement address.  He listed five things to do in order to make a difference in your success.  “Never quit learning; be dependable, not expendable; make time for yourself; network and get involved in your community; and attitude and enthusiasm will make any shortcoming that you have go away,” said Mr. Lee.  He also stressed the power of positive thinking by saying, “If you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

Many graduates received recognition for their hard work.  Eight of those graduates received awards of distinction which were presented by the department chairs.  The Achievement Award was presented to Robert Busler; the Leadership Award was presented to Lindsey Arnold; the E.M. Coulter Award was presented to Jason Robinson; the Mary P. McGurn Award was presented to Gina L. Blevins; the Joseph E. Hurn Award was presented to Johnny Brown; the M.A. Smythe Award was presented to Elliot Smith; the Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award was presented to Brandee Worley; and the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award was presented to Samuel Schumate.

The graduates, families and friends, faculty, and staff members of the Bristol campus were all smiles as the school paid tribute to the accomplishments and success of the graduating students.  The Bristol Campus wishes its graduates continuing success in all of their future endeavors. 

A-Chris Lee, chief operating officer of Bill Gatton Chevrolet and 2014 Bristol Chamber of Commerce President, delivers the commencement speech to the Bristol Campus graduating class of 2014.

B-Graduates of the Bristol Campus are seated awaiting their diplomas.

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