It's Commencement season in the College System of Tennessee

Roane State Community College launched Commencement season May 3

It's Spring Commencement season across the College System of Tennessee -- a major milestone in the lives of our students and their families, and the culmination of another academic year on our campuses.

Thousands of students will don their caps and gowns and other regalia to participate in the time-honored tradition of graduation, receiving the degrees they've worked and studied hard to earn. Many will continue their studies at universities, while many of their fellow graduates will launch their careers immediately.

Regardless of the paths they choose, this moment is a proud one for their families -- and for the college faculty, administrators and staff who served helped them achieve it. Graduation is the fulfillment of our System's dual mission: Student Success and Workforce Development.

Graduation ceremonies at our 13 community colleges begin May 3, at Pellissippi State and Roane State, and run through May 11, at Southwest Tennessee Community College -- although most are scheduled for May 4. (Full schedule below)

Gov. Bill Lee will address graduates of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville at Opry House Thursday, May 9. The 26 other TCATs have graduation ceremonies scheduled at various times throughout the year.

College Date Location
Chattanooga State May 4 Memorial Auditorium
Cleveland State May 4 Quentin Lane Gymnasium
Columbia State May 4 Webster Athletic Center
Dyersburg State May 4 Dyer County High School Gymnasium
Jackson State May 4 Oman Arena
Motlow State May 5 MTSU Murphy Center
Nashville State May 7 TSU Gentry Center
Northeast State May 7 ETSU Mini Dome
Pellissippi State May 3 UT Thompson-Boling Arena
Roane State May 3-4 RSCC Gymnasium
Southwest TN May 11 FedEx Forum
Volunteer State May 4 Pickel Field House
Walters State May 4 Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center


The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.