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Today’s local graduates are tomorrow’s leaders

Tom Rowland Cleveland Mayor
Posted 5/18/17

We often tell our young people they are the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. These past few days, a great number of them have begun their journey to reach those goals and launch plans to guide their …

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Today’s local graduates are tomorrow’s leaders

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We often tell our young people they are the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. These past few days, a great number of them have begun their journey to reach those goals and launch plans to guide their future.

Graduations are an important part of the spring season for many families. As these young folks make decisions about higher education goals and career paths, it's an important time for them and for our community.

Graduation ceremonies were held recently at Lee University and Cleveland State Community College.

At Lee, over 530 various degrees were awarded. Among them, 17 students became the university's first School of Nursing graduates. All of these graduates are sure to have a positive effect on our city, whether they stay here or follow their dreams around the world. The ceremonies this spring happen as the university prepares for its 100th anniversary next year, 1918 to 2018.

At Cleveland State, Gov. Bill Haslam celebrated with 467 students receiving degrees and certificates. This graduation closed the 50th anniversary year at CSCC. The governor was also keeping a promise made two years ago to speak at the graduation of the first students to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarships.

It is amazing that between these two institutions — Lee and Cleveland State — nearly 1,000 degrees and certificates have been awarded this spring. It's also a powerful fact that the combined student populations of these two schools means about 10,000 people are studying toward degrees or additional career training in our city each semester.

These two strong institutions are among the reasons so many people choose to live and work in “The City With Spirit.” In fact, I've met parents of Lee students who choose to retire here even after their children have graduated. And no doubt, Cleveland State allows many young people from our area to find jobs and careers here.

We have a proud heritage of support for higher education.

There are more special days to come this spring. Our high school graduations are now taking the spotlight. Cleveland High School is also closing its 50th anniversary year. It was inspiring to learn that our Cleveland High School seniors recently visited city elementary schools, wearing their graduation caps and gowns. Those annual visits have become a worthwhile tradition.

To all the graduating seniors — whether you are at Cleveland, Bradley Central, Walker Valley, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School or any of the other schools in the area — we wish you all the best.

The best days are ahead of you as you continue your journey to being our leaders of tomorrow.

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