Columbia State Announces Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies and Speakers

Friday, April 26, 2019

For the third consecutive year, Columbia State Community College will celebrate its spring 2019 commencement with two ceremonies on May 4 in the Webster Athletic Center. The first ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature student speaker, Stephen Curley, and the second will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature student speaker, Will Meacham.

“This is an exciting time for our students and for our college,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “This is a time where we celebrate our students’ accomplishments – we applaud the person they have become, are excited about their future, and are proud that they are now a Columbia State alum.”

Meacham is a sophomore, mechanical engineering major and is earning his Associate of Science degree. While at Columbia State, Meacham has been involved with many student organizations. He served as vice president of scholarship for Columbia State’s Beta Kappa Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and participated in the regional and international conventions. Meacham has also been a student tutor in the Teaching and Learning Center, where he has assisted students in subjects such as calculus, physics, engineering, history and chemistry.

In addition, Meacham has given his time to many community service projects including Science Olympiad, STEM GiRLS, multiple Phi Theta Kappa food drives and assisted the Student Veterans Organization with their Veterans History Project. While doing so, he has also encouraged many students to become more active and participate in numerous activities during their time at Columbia State.

Meacham was recently selected for the 2019 PTK All-Tennessee Academic Team to recognize his academic achievement, leadership and service in his community. Apart from his studies, he has earned a certification as a blacksmith from the Rutherford County Blacksmith Association.

The Chapel Hill native will transfer to Tennessee Technological University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He ultimately plans to earn a master’s degree and work as a professional engineer before teaching in higher education.

“Will is an all-around great student,” said Mandy Carter-Lowe, Columbia State associate professor of biology and PTK advisor. “Through his involvement with PTK, I’ve had the privilege of watching him grow into a leader. He embodies the four hallmarks of PTK which are scholarship, fellowship, leadership and service. One of his strongest attributes is making those around him feel welcomed and valued. I’ve seen this in his work with PTK as well as his work as one of the college’s tutors. He is not only respected by his fellow PTK chapter members at Columbia State, but he has made connections with students in other chapters from across the state and the nation.”