Northeast State to graduate record class at spring commencement

Northeast State celebrates a record number of graduates receiving degrees and certificates at the 2017 spring graduation ceremony happening May 9 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountains State Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

The 2017 graduating class of 1,475 students represents the largest class in the College’s history. That total represents a 25 percent increase from last year’s graduating class of 1,184 students.

The College will award a total of 1,675 associate degrees, technical certificates, and academic certificates. This class features 177 students graduating cum laude with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.49 to 3.74, 100 students graduating magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.89, and 99 students graduating summa cum laude with GPAs of 3.90 to 4.0.

Spring commencement happens May 9.

Delivering the commencement address will be Kerri E. Jones, a 2017 graduate, and the College’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Student Award winner. Jones is graduating summa cum laude with an associate of science degree in Biology. A 2015 graduate of Sullivan Central High School, she was a member of the first class of high school students receiving the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

She has been named to both the President’s and Vice President’s honor lists at the College. She serves as Vice President of Communication and Secretary/Treasurer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also a member of the Northeast State Scholars Foundation and is listed in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a Keeping Our Promise Mentor and received the 2016-2017 Program Area awards in Humanities and Pharmacy. Jones will transfer to the Belmont University College of Pharmacy this fall to begin work on her doctorate in pharmacy as part of Belmont’s Class of 2021.

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