Tennessee Tech welcomes more than 1,350 new graduates at spring commencement

Awesome Eagle greets graduating students during the university's morning commencement ceremony.
Awesome Eagle leads the procession during the university's morning commencement ceremony.

Tennessee Tech University welcomed more than 1,350 students into the ranks of its newest alumni today at its spring commencement ceremonies, held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Hooper Eblen Center.

The spring 2024 graduating class encompassed students from 80 counties throughout Tennessee, 24 states and 17 other countries – all with birth years ranging from 1962 to 2005. Undergraduate degrees were awarded to students across 52 fields of study, while graduate degrees were awarded to students representing 32 fields of study.

“You are set to get a great return on investment because you have what the world wants and desperately needs: talent and tenacity,” said President Oldham in remarks to graduates. “You are and forever will be bold, fearless, confident and kind Golden Eagles.”

Tech College of Engineering graduate Pooja Patel smiles with her degree in hand.
Spring Hill native and Tech SGA senator Pooja Patel smiles with her degree in hand. 

President Oldham speaks to graduates.
Tech President Phil Oldham delivers remarks to graduates. 

During both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, Tech graduates heard video remarks from Amelia Greer, a Tech alumna now serving as morning news anchor for WDEF-TV in Chattanooga; Addison Dorris, a graduating student from the College of Business, outgoing student trustee and 2024 recipient of the Derryberry Award, Tech’s highest student honor; and Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield, the 2023 recipient of Tech’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Associate Dean for Community Life at Wesley Theological Seminary. 

“Even after you turn the tassel and throw your cap up in the air, something about Cookeville, Tennessee will always hold a special place in your heart,” said Greer in her remarks to graduates. “Go out there and take on the world one step at a time.”

Sinkfield encouraged graduates to “embrace your future with open arms and an open heart."

“You are the new ambassadors of this great institution, equipped to extend its legacy of making a meaningful difference in the world,” he added.

Dean Jennifer Shank and Tech alumnus Bob Luna pose with graduates from the university's College of Fine Arts.
Dean Jennifer Shank and candidate reader Bob Luna with graduating seniors from Tech's College of Fine Arts. 

Tech graduate Jymon Scott
Chattanooga native Jymon Scott prepares to accept his degree from the College of Engineering. 

Video of Tech’s morning commencement ceremony, which included the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology, College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Fine Arts, can be viewed here

Video of Tech’s afternoon ceremony which included the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, can be viewed here.

Students from the College of Graduate Studies received degrees at both the morning and afternoon ceremony based on their field of study.

Tennessee Tech is ranked as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers more than 200 programs of study, and Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale. Find out more at

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