Governor Bill Haslam Makes Good On Cleveland State Promise

May 08, 2017 — CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Not many graduates can say they remember the speaker at their college graduation, but students at Cleveland State Community College just might. Governor Bill Haslam delivered the keynote address during CSCC’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. The ceremony marked the end of Cleveland State’s 50th anniversary year. Under Haslam’s leadership, Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees. According to CSCC President Dr. Bill Seymour, Haslam made good on his “Cleveland State promise” referring to Haslam’s visit to the school two years ago when he greeted students attending under the Tennessee Promise program on their first day of classes. Haslam promised then he would be back to speak at their graduation. Haslam also addressed the non-traditional students in the class. “We want you to know how excited we are that you made this decision. We’re so inspired by what you have done, we decided to take Tennessee Promise and expand it so that now in Tennessee, no matter what age you are starting this fall, you can come back to school absolutely free of charge.” At one point during the ceremony, Seymour asked that all the Tennessee Promise students come to the front for a special picture with the governor. He later presented Governor Haslam with a signed copy of former CSCC administrator’s book, Cleveland State Community College: The First Fifty Years, 1967-2017. “There is a verse in Proverbs that says as iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another,” stated Haslam. “Life is really hard. You are going to need people around you to encourage you and sometimes, correct you.” He continued, “Thirty years from now, when you are at someone else’s graduation, you will be thinking, ‘I learned how to work hard at Cleveland State, and it has been fruitful for me all of my life.”’ Read more about Governor Bill Haslam Makes Good On Cleveland State Promise

Governor Haslam to Address Graduates at CSCC’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

May 04, 2017 — Cleveland State Community College is holding its Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium and will be welcoming a familiar face to the college—Governor Bill Haslam is going to be the keynote speaker for the occasion. Read more about Governor Haslam to Address Graduates at CSCC’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Cleveland State to Open Time Capsule

April 06, 2017 — Twenty-five years ago on April 9, 1992, a time capsule containing artifacts and historical items was buried by the Cleveland State student body to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the college. That time capsule is set to be opened on April 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. on the north end of the George L. Mathis Student Center, and the current student body will have a new time capsule to be buried in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary. Read more about Cleveland State to Open Time Capsule

Growing Our Future

January 19, 2017 — Some important announcements were made at Cleveland State Community College on Thursday. In the college’s “Growing Our Future” press conference held in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium, Dr. Bill Seymour and other representatives from CSCC shared plans for new athletic sports programs, enhanced academic programs and a significant financial contribution which will result in the first named academic program at the college. Read more about Growing Our Future



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