Fall commencement set for Saturday

Tennessee Tech University alumnus and member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Steve Copeland will address nearly 1,000 graduates at TTU’s Fall 2011 commencement on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Graduates represent 69 Tennessee counties, 32 states and 17 countries, and they join TTU’s alumni community of more than 72,000.

About 760 students will receive their degrees in Saturday’s ceremony. The remainder received degrees in Summer 2011 but will participate in the fall ceremony.

Copeland is serving a four-year term on the Board of Regents, representing the 6th U.S. Congressional district. He will serve as a regent through 2012. Created in 1972 by the General Assembly, the TBR governs the state’s university and community college system.

A native of the Alpine community of Overton County, Copeland received a bachelor’s degree from TTU in 1965, then graduated from Auburn University with a doctorate of veterinary medicine. He established his practice in 1970 and has continued to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in Cookeville.

As appointed by former Gov. Lamar Alexander, Copeland has served on the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He has served on the board of trustees of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the advisory board of Nashville State Community College, Cookeville Campus, and a director of First National Bank of Tennessee.

For three years, Copeland chaired Tennessee’s Department of Labor Work Force Development Board. Copeland was elected to three terms on the Cookeville City Council and served one term as vice mayor.

TTU’s Fall 2011 commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Hooper Eblen Center and will stream live at www.tntech.edu.

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