COLUMBIA -- Columbia State Commun-ity College held its 41st annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 6. Approximately 600 students from the College's nine-county service area graduated.
Columbia State alumnae and artist Ann Carothers delivered a motivational message as commencement speaker, drawing parallels to the recent graduates and masterpiece works of art.
Carothers emphasized the importance of developing good people skills and communication methods as well as academic expertise.
Carothers, a current resident of Murfreesboro, graduated from Columbia State in 1980. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts at Middle Tennessee State University.
She has exhibited widely within the state of Tennessee, and has won regional awards, placing first in the Tennessee Art League Member show in 2008, placing first in the ADSO Southeast Regional Juried Fine Art Show in 2006, and second in 2005. In 2006, she won the Dixon Jundizilio Award in the Central South Art Exhibit. Her recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Centennial Club, Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, Columbia Arts Guild, Cannon County Arts Center, The Leu Gallery at Belmont College, Columbia State Community College, Motlow State Community College, Holzhauer Gallery at Okaloosa- Walton College, and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Attached is a full report of graduates, sorted alphabetically, by county. Students graduating with honors are recognized with cum laude for a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.69, magna cum laude for a 3.7-3.89 GPA and summa cum laude for a GPA of 3.9-4.0.
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee's first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.