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Congratulations class of 2012-2013

Submitted on May 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

The forty-first annual commencement ceremony at Volunteer State Community College was held Saturday and it featured country music legend Larry Gatlin giving the commencement address and singing for the crowd. The Gatlin Brothers star encouraged the graduates to keep the accumulation of material objects in perspective.

"You young people are about to embark on a special journey," said Gatlin. "America is still the land of opportunity, so I encourage you to dream big. But don't spend all of your time trying to acquire stuff." Gatlin then performed a song he wrote for victims of an Oklahoma tornado called "I Can Build Another House."

Thousands of graduates, loved ones, friends and well-wishers filled the Pickel Field House for the ceremony. The 2012-2013 class has more than 1,200 graduates. Mariah Hughes of Gallatin was named the Outstanding Graduate for 2013. The pre-med major has a 4.0 GPA and has been lauded for being one of the most outstanding students in the Math and Science Division, in many years.

After the degrees were conferred, Vol State President, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, addressed the graduates one final time. "Our wish for you is for health, happiness, success and fulfillment in all that you do, and that you never forget your alma mater."

Volunteer State Community College has more than 70 programs of study and offers two-year degrees, certificates and paths to university transfer. Continuing Education and Workforce Development extends the college mission to the entire community.

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