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Tusculum University awards 300 degrees to students

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn-- Tusculum University awarded 300 degrees to students in their first graduation ceremony as a university.

According to a release sent by the university, Tusculum awarded more than 130 bachelor’s degrees, about 160 master’s degrees, and six associate’s degrees to local, national and international students.

This class was the first to graduate since Tusculum converted from college to university in July.

Dr. James Hurley, Tusculum’s president, highlighted how this was the first graduation ceremony as a university. But he reminded the audience about Tusculum’s stature as Tennessee’s first institution of higher education, having been founded in 1794, as well as its Presbyterian roots.

Laurie Smith served as this semester's valedictorian.

“Some of us are just beginning our next chapter while others of us are several chapter into the book of life,” Smith said. “We have different experiences and viewpoints depending on the stage we are in. What ties us all together is perseverance.”

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