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Motlow State Community College
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Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
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Motlow College graduates a record 758 students

May 16, 2013

Copperweld Arena, located in Nisbett Center on the Motlow College Moore County campus, was blessed on May 11 with the energy, excitement and pride of a record 758 graduates whose hard work was rewarded as their names were called and they walked across the stage to receive degrees and certificates.

Energy, excitement and pride were not limited to graduates, however. Family members and friends filled the bleachers from one end of the arena to the other, with many holding balloons and flowers to give to their favorite grads.

Dr. Art Walker, Motlow's fourth president, was guest speaker for two commencement ceremonies. The first ceremony, at 10 a.m., accommodated nursing graduates and graduates who took most of their courses on the Moore County campus. A second ceremony was held at 2 p.m. for graduates from Motlow's Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna centers. Emily Reynolds, a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, also spoke during both ceremonies.

Walker congratulated the students and encouraged them to enjoy every minute of commencement day. He said his hope is that each graduate will continue to learn, and challenged them to take the day literally, as a new beginning in their lives.

Apple also emphasized the importance of graduation day and recognized outstanding students, including 21 who earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages, honors graduates, and members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

"All of our students are to be praised for continuing their education," Apple said. "Many are working full-time, raising families, caring for senior parents and trying to study. Life sometimes gets in the way, and it takes courage for students to fight these odds and complete their education."

"It is your day to celebrate and to savor your accomplishments," she told the graduates. "It's also the day to thank those who have been in your corner along the way."