Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: May 5, 2010

For more information contact, Pat O'Brien, (901) 333-4021 or Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247

A Very Special Commencement, Marking the 10th Year of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Every commencement ceremony is special: To those receiving a diploma or degree; to their families and friends; to the graduating institution – whether high school or college, awarding associate, bachelor's or graduate degrees; for staff, faculty – every employee, many of whom have been here from the day Southwest was established. So the 2010 commencement, held on May 1 at the Desoto Civic Center, was special to Southwest, marking the college's tenth year anniversary with 1,401 students receiving degrees.

Helping make it extra special was the commencement speaker, Gayle S. Rose, a dynamic leader, mover and shaker who has left her imprint on some of the most important advances of this city; the student speaker, Chad Everett, whose activities here bespeak a life destined for success as he continues his education; and the faculty whose efforts on behalf of their students brought them successfully to this day.

Student speaker Chad Everett, in an imaginative piece of advice, told fellow graduates to "turn it over" – your degree, your certificate – and "read" what's behind that piece of paper. Remember the "sweat and sometimes tears that went into it," and realize when tough times return, you need to call up the strength that helped you before. Everett received Associate of Applied Science degrees in Paralegal Studies and Computer Engineering Technology, and a Technical Certificate in Industrial Computer Fundamentals.

Business owner and CEO of Electronic Vaulting Services Corporation Gayle S. Rose delivered an address that infused the graduates with a sense of gratitude, worth, and commitment. "Don't ever forget that you are surrounded by a community that needs you. They need your light, they need your passion and they need your commitment to serving those less fortunate," said Rose.


Photo caption: Celebrating Southwest's 10th Commencement Ceremony, 1,401 students were presented degrees.

Photo caption: Gayle S. Rose enthusiastically engages the Southwest 2010 graduating class.

Photo caption: Student speaker Chad Everett