April 30, 2004
For information contact: Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4024
-- Marilyn Duncan (901) 333-4247
THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL EDITOR WILL BE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TO 1,061
SOUTHWEST GRADUATES AT MAY CEREMONY
Southwest Tennessee Community College will hold its annual commencement
ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mid-South Coliseum.
This year’s graduating class consists of 1,061 students.
The graduating class includes 603 candidates for the Associate of Applied
Science Degree, 17 candidates for the Associate of Arts Degree, 154
candidates for the Associate of Science Degree, and 287 candidates for
This year the graduates include 61 students who will graduate Summa Cum
Laude for achieving a grade-point average of 3.8 through 4.0. There are
126 students who will graduate Magna Cum Laude for achieving grade-point
averages of 3.50 through 3.79 and another 148 students gradating Cum Laude
for achieving grade-point averages of 3.25 through 3.40.
Chris Peck, Editor of The Commercial Appeal, will be this year’s
commencement speaker. Peck is a journalist who knows the newspaper
business from the floor up; he started his career at age 11 as the janitor
at his family-owned newspaper. During his career, Peck has moved
seamlessly between practicing journalism roles on the editorial side and a
variety of education, advisory and organizational positions to enhance and
elevate standards and practices of the journalism profession.
During the ceremony awards will be presented for Academic Excellence,
Alumni of the Year, William W. Farris Faculty Service Award that the
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.
Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000
students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.
Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer, 37 two-year
programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of
Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and more than 40 areas of interest in
traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.)
degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical
Certificate programs in 28 areas. Technical certificates are usually
completed in no more than one year, and prepare students for immediate
entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.
Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and