Walters State Community College will celebrate its 60th commencement on Saturday, May 8 with two in-person and one virtual ceremony. This will be the first in-person graduation since December 2019.
This ceremony coincides with the college’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The college will confer 743 degrees and certificates during Saturday’s ceremony. Of those, 330 are associate of science degrees, 19 associate of arts and two associate of fine arts. Students earning these degrees usually plan to transfer to a four-year university or college to complete a bachelor’s degree. The most popular major for this degree is general studies, with 86 majors. Other popular majors include business, accounting, psychology and engineering,
Sixteen students received the associate of science in teaching, which provides the first two years of study needed to become an elementary school teacher.
The associate of applied science degree will be awarded to 225 students. Students earning this degree are prepared to enter the workforce following graduation. The most popular major earning this degree is nursing with 58 graduates. Other popular majors include management, engineering technology, culinary arts, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy assistant, surgical technology and law enforcement.
The college will also confer 123 technical certificates. Forty-four certificates were given to graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Other popular majors are emergency medical technician and medical coding.
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine. Both ceremonies can be viewed live on the college’s website, www.ws.edu. Tickets are required to attend either ceremony. Each graduate was given four tickets. Masks and social distancing will be required.
All graduates will be included in the college’s virtual ceremony, which will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on www.ws.edu.
All ceremonies will be available for viewing after the ceremony.