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Pioneer Club tailgates scheduled for each home football game

Pioneer Club tailgates scheduled for each home football game

Posted on 27 August 2013 by

Mark your calendars and attend each of the Pioneer Club tailgates prior to each home football game during the 2013 season.

The Pioneers will be playing six home games this season at Pioneer Field. Prior to each game, a Pioneer Club tailgate will be held on the concourse of Pioneer Park. The cost will be $10 per person except for the Homecoming game (Sept. 28) when the price will be $15 per person. Pioneer Club members at the Pioneer Level ($300) or above are admitted at no charge to the tailgates.

The tailgate schedule includes three games in September, two in October and one in November:

Thursday, Sept. 5 - 5:30 p.m., game – 7 p.m.  –   Fireworks following the game
Saturday, Sept. 14 -  12 p.m., game – 1:30 p.m.  -  “Take-A-Kid to the Game”  and Youth Football Day
Saturday, Sept. 28 -  12:30 p.m., game – 2:30 p.m.  -  Homecoming and  “Coach to Cure MD” launch
Saturday, Oct. 5 - 12 p.m., game – 1:30 p.m.  -  “Local Heroes Day”
Saturday, Oct. 26  - 12 p.m., game – 1:30 p.m.  –   Sports Hall of Fame and Family Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 1612 p.m., game – 1:30 p.m. –   Senior Day

Please RSVP if you plan to attend any of the tailgates. Please make reservations at least three days prior to each of the events. Make reservations by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing

The cheerleaders and the Tusculum marching band help build the Pioneer Spirit during the tailgates.

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Make Plans for Orange Rush – September 9-15!

Posted on 26 August 2013 by

Don’t miss Orange Rush, the ultimate Block Break experience set for September 9-15. The event will begin during the last week of Block 1 and continue through the Block Break. Events, activities and competitions are planned throughout the week, and there is something for everyone.

Schedule of events for 2013 Orange Rush


Monday, September 9

7 p.m. – Kick-off event and Bingo – Pioneer Perk


Tuesday, September 10

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Community Organization Fair – Niswonger Commons

Pioneer Mentoring

3:30-5 p.m. – Pioneer Mentoring Program – Garland Library


Wednesday, September 11

11 a.m. – Chapel Services and 9/11 Remembrance – Niswonger Commons

11 a.m. — 1 p.m. – Tabernacle Soup Kitchen service project – Tabernacle Soup Kitchen

6-8 p.m. – OxFam Hunger Banquet – Chalmers Conference Center


Thursday, September 12

7-8 a.m. – Grab-n-Go Breakfast – Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Nettie Day – kick off at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium

2-4 p.m. – Tie Dye Orange Rush T-Shirts – Library Bowl

1 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Gamers Coliseum – Chalmers Conference Center

7 p.m. – Student Planned International Meal – Niswonger Commons


Friday, September 13

Nettie Service Day

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Gamers Coliseum – Chalmers Conference Center

Hall Wars – Various locations

10 a.m. – noon – Organizational Fair – Niswonger Porch

Noon- 1 p.m. – Business Club Personal Finance – Behan Arena Theater

1-2 p.m. – Your Road Map to Career Success (Session I) – Behan Arena Theater

2-3 p.m. – Your Road Map to Career Success (Session II) – Behan Arena Theater

5 p.m. – Pig Roast – Library Bowl

7 p.m. – Psychology Club Horror Movie – Library Bowl


Saturday, September 14

Service on Saturday – various locations

Hall Wars – various locations

All day – Intramural games – outdoor basketball

4-6 p.m. – Open Mic  – Library Bowl

6 p.m. – Cookout – Library Bowl

7-8 p.m. – Lacrosse Clinic – Indoor Practice Facility

7 p.m. – Intramural Championship Games – outdoor basketball

10 p.m. – 2 a.m. – DJ Dance Party


Sunday, September 15

11 a.m. – Interfaith Worship Service – Chalmers Conference Center

Sunday church service


For more information, contact the Student Affairs Office in Niswonger Commons.


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College presents longevity awards to faculty and staff

Posted on 23 August 2013 by

Longevity awards were presented to faculty and staff members for their service to Tusculum College and its students during the Opening Session for faculty and staff members on Aug. 14.

Dr. David Bow, at right, professor of physical education, was honored for his 35 years of service to the College with the presentation of a handcrafted wooden bowl mounted on a stand.  In addition to teaching hundreds of students in both the Residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs, Dr. Bow has served as athletic director, as faculty moderator, chairman of a number of faculty governance committees and served on numerous search committees.



Those with 25 years of service received a pin. Recognized were, from left, Nancy Thompson, associate register; Deborah Bible, assistant director for CHUB (Upward Bound), and Diane Hensley, campus nurse. Not available for the photo was Chris Summey, assistant director of information systems.

Recognized with pins for 20 years of service were, from left, Jane Allen, coordinator for academic advising for GPS; Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of business adminstration, and Kim Carter, biology instructor, EPA coordinator and chemical hygiene officer. Not available for the photo were Dr. Greg Church, professor of biology and Pat Simons, coordinator of student information.

Receiving pins in recognition of their 15 years of service were, from left, Todd Ireland, Frank Mengel, Frankie DeBusk, Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, Heather Easterly and Wesley Greear. Not available for the photo were Carolyn Longwater and Edith Wagner.

Those recognized for 10 years of service included, from left, Dr. Tom McFarland, Dr. Brian Pope, Michelle Arbogast, Leslie Kelley, Melissa Dixon, Blanche Foulks and Kathy Hipps. Not available for the photo were Dr. Jonita Ashley-Pauley, Lonnie Connolly, Bernie Elkins, Amy Franklin, Dr. Michelle Freeman, Buster Scott, Jannie Smith and Dr. Cindy Solomon.

Recognized for five years of service were Kelley Adkins, Audrey Brackens, Deborah Bryan, Bucky Buchanan, Michelle Clupper, Bill Fitzpatrick, Sherri Fugate, Dr. Bill Garris, Cliff Gjertson, Dr. Troy Goodale, Matilda Green, Cody Greene, Anna Hensley, Barbara Holt, Tiffany Hutton, Freida Jones, Kathryn Jones, Josh Jordan, Kim Kidwell, April Lane, Randy Loggins, Dr. Beth Loveday, Christie Norris-Bowling, Heather Patterson, Nancy Perry Cunningham, Barbara Richesin, Tonya Ridley, Wendy Robertson, Barb Sell, Jo Ann Swecker-Thompson, Leah Walker and Mike Willis.

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CEDE to host opening ceremony on Thursday, August 29

Posted on 19 August 2013 by

The Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship will host an opening ceremony on Tusculum’s main campus on Thursday, August 29, at 7 p.m. to discuss the 2013-2014 goals and introduce the individuals that comprise the CEDE. The event will be held in the Brotherton Boardroom in the Thomas G. Garland Library

The event is free and open to the public; however, registration for this event is required.

Registration and information is available by e-mailing

The CEDE, through its seven divisions and additional programs, aims at helping students, business owners, as well as individuals and family members in a number of areas related to entrepreneurship, small business development and personal finance.

All the CEDE’s events and programs are free of charge to participants. Through the CEDE’s programs, individuals will be able to have access to experts in personal finance and attend events that aim at helping people realize the sources of their financial resources as well as what they are actually spending.  In addition, advice on how to improve this cycle and plan for the future will be provided in a personalized way.

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Tusculum College to host College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 28

Posted on 19 August 2013 by

Tusculum College will offer local high school students the opportunity to explore higher education options when it hosts its annual College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

High school students will visit the Tusculum campus from 9 to 11 a.m. for the College Fair, to be held in the Pioneer Arena.  Participating in the event will be a wide variety of colleges and universities as well as vocational schools. Each institution will have a display providing information about its academic programs. Most also have representatives on hand to answer specific questions about programs or the school.

The College Fair, coordinated by the Tusculum College Office of Admission, has grown in size in recent years, and the department is appreciative of the opportunity to bring this service to area students and their families.

For more information about the College Fair, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5374 or 423-636-7312, or e-mail

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 19 August 2013 by






Donald G. Wilson ’64, a cum laude graduate, has had his book, “Evidence Withheld” published in July and it is available at  He writes that the book, “exposes the FBI cover up in the Martin L. King Jr. assassination,” as well as chronicling his FBI career. His book also details his years at Tusculum.



Elizabeth McDonnell ’11 graduated in May with a master of fine arts in creative writing from Chatham University with concentrations in creative non-fiction, travel writing and publishing. She served as editorial intern for Creative Nonfiction and Pittsburgh Quarterly. She is now a marketing intern at Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) in Karns, TN, working not only as a writer and editor but also learning more about design, fundraising and marketing.




Jessi S. Smith ’10 and Josh Bennett ’11 ’13 were married on July 4, 2013, at Rui Palace Resourt in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The ceremony was performed on the beach  of Rivera Maya with the aqua-teal water of the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. The couple is living in Greeneville, TN. Jessi is a physician’s assistant at Takoma Medical Associates. Josh is a teacher and the girl’s basketball coach at West Greene High School.




Brad Hawks ’05 and his wife Mallory celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Emmersyn Faith, on July 16th.





Vivian Neimeyer Checkley ’46 of Lewisville, TX, passed away August  2, 2013. Mrs. Checkley was a retired chemist and botany colorist.



Joyce Nagel Weir ’63 of Lockport, NY, passed away July 24, 2013. She operated Weir Accounting Services for 43 years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church and the National Society of Public Accountants.



Sharon Mosby ’86 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on July 30, 201, after a battle with lung cancer. An accountant, most people in the Knoxville knew Ms. Mosby as a jazz and blues great in the Knoxville area. She had toured across the United States and abroad with the Hampton Institute Concert Choir. She performed as a featured vocalist with the bands Soul Sanction and the Wendel Werner Quartet. She had lived in California for a time and performed regularly at Disneyland. In 1999, she released an album, “I Can Handle That!” and was featured on “Tenors and Satin,” a collection of some of the best Knoxville jazz musicians. She was one of the most popular performers in the “Live After Five” Knoxville music series.

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Comedian Buzz Sutherland to perform Aug. 26 as part of AAA series

Comedian Buzz Sutherland to perform Aug. 26 as part of AAA series

Posted on 19 August 2013 by

Comedian Buzz Sutherland will perform Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

A performance by comedian Buzz Sutherland on Monday, Aug. 26, is the first event of the Acts, Arts, Academia 2013-14 performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

“TAP – the Show” and several theatrical and music events are part of the series, which is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Hearts for the Arts and Arts Outreach. Unless otherwise noted, the cost for events is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years of age and over and $5 for children 12 years of age and under.

The series begins on Monday, Aug. 26, with “What’s the Buzz, Sutherland?,” a hilarious presentation by comedian Buzz Sutherland, who has been named Entertainer of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities and performed on HBO’s Comic Relief and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus. The cost is $6.

On Sept. 4, Aaron Cooksey will present “Drop Your Pride,” a compelling and timely message about the dangers of the misuse of alcohol. The program, presented by Arts Outreach in conjunction with the College’s Athletics Department and its Office of Student Affairs, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium. The cost is $6.

The “lush, evocative” sounds of classical guitarist David Burgess will fill the Behan Arena Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Behan Arena Theater is located on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance).

Theatre-at-Tusculum will present its fall production, the beloved story “A Christmas Carol,” in November. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 and 21-23, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 24.

Two Christmas concerts will be presented in December. The Tusculum College Band program will perform a variety of styles of Christmas music at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.  The Tusculum College Community Chorus will be performing a selection of Alfred Burt Christmas carols during its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. Both concerts will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium and have free admission.

Central Ballet Theatre will present the first performance in 2014 with its production of “Prince Caspian: Return to Narnia.” Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, at 2 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band program will present its winter concert at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be featured in the free concert.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will bring high speed and hilarity to Shakespeare with its production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22 and 22 and March 1 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 and March 2.

TAP - the Show will be Tuesay, March 18 in the Behan Arena Theatre.

“TAP – The Show,” will bring a non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy to the stage of the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. The cost is $6.

Dr. David Hendricksen will present “Death, Music and Rutter’s Requiem” on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Classroom 46 on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building. The  lecture to compliment the spring concert of the Tusculum College Community Chorus. The cost is $6.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will present the compelling courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Men.” Performances are scheduled in the Behan Arena Theatre at 7 p.m. on April 25-26 and May 2-3 and 2 p.m. on April 27 and May 4.

The Tusculum College Band program will presents its spring concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free to the concert.

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is no admission cost.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach by calling 423-798-1620 or by visiting

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Tusculum College Community Chorus to begin rehearsals on Monday, Aug. 26

Posted on 14 August 2013 by

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will begin its fall season of rehearsals on Monday, August 26, in room 46 of the Annie Hogan Fine Arts Center on the Tusculum College campus.

The chorus meets each Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The group is open to all interested singers; no audition is required.  Dues are $20 per semester.   David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group; James Winfree is accompanist.

The group’s Christmas concert will be presented on Monday, December 9.  The chorus will be singing a selection of the charming Alfred Burt carols.  Guest artist, guitarist Charles Tunstall will join the Chorus in three selections:  “We Three Kings,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and the original version of “Silent Night.”  The program will include a variety of other carols and compositions for the season.

A highlight will be a recently composed work by Ann Holler, professor of music at King University, with a text by Dr. John Wakefield, a retired music professor from Milligan College.  The chorus looks forward to learning this evocative music and sharing it with the public in December.

Founded in 1996 as a way to involve singers from throughout the community in a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, the Tusculum College Community Chorus has grown to over 50 singers.  For further information, please contact conductor David Hendricksen by phone at 423-638-0409 or email:

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Tusculum classes now in session at Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Tusculum classes now in session at Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Posted on 09 August 2013 by

Courses and offices for Tusculum College in the Tri-Cities area is now open in the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.

Tusculum College students in the Tri-Cities are settling into a new home for their classes, the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE).

Tusculum has completed the transition of its Tri-Cities site from Gray to KCHE, and classes started in the Kingsport Center earlier this month for students in the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. The Kingsport Higher Education Commission in May gave approval to Tusculum to become a part of its downtown Kingsport Academic Village.

The college’s office, KCHE 111, is open daily Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours available at the beginning of each course session. Tony Galloway is Tusculum’s site coordinator at KCHE and enrollment representative Amanda McQueen will be working from the center to provide services and assistance to current and prospective students.  Jeremy Jones, student services representative, is also available for providing support to current and prospective students on Wednesday afternoons.

Tusculum will offer courses in bachelor’s and master’s programs of the Graduate and Professional Studies program at KCHE.  To be offered are bachelor’s programs in business, education and psychology. Two master’s programs are also to be offered – one designed for those wanting to teach in the academic area of their bachelor’s degree who need the necessary education requirements for certification and another designed for licensed teachers.

A new cohort of classes in the Psychology – Behavioral Health undergraduate program is scheduled to begin on Sept. 16 in Kingsport. On Sept. 19, new cohorts are scheduled to begin in the bachelor’s program in Organizational Management with a Human Resource Management concentration as well as in the master’s program in Education with a Curriculum and Instruction concentration, which is designed for licensed teachers.

For 2014, cohorts are scheduled to begin in January in three programs – the Master of Arts in Teaching program, the bachelor’s program in Psychology and the bachelor’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6 licensure), which prepares students to teach in the elementary school grades.

In April, cohorts are scheduled to begin in the bachelor’s programs in Business which will be delivered on a weekend format.

Tusculum has been offering degree programs designed to meet the schedules and needs of the working adult student for almost 30 years. Flexible scheduling, convenient locations, reasonable tuition and quality programs that help students meet their goals have been hallmarks of the program since its inception. The unique one-course-at-a-time class structure blends academics with practical application in a collaborative environment. This uniquely focused and practical program has enabled thousands of men and women to obtain the degrees they need to succeed professionally and personally.

For more information about Tusculum College and its offerings in Kingsport, please call 423-354-5246 or 888-488-7285, or visit

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Museums of Tusculum to recognize volunteers Friday, Aug. 23

Posted on 06 August 2013 by

The Museums of Tusculum College will recognize its volunteers with a reception Friday, Aug. 23, at the Doak House, above.

The Museums of Tusculum will honor their volunteers at a reception Friday, Aug. 23.

The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Doak House Museum. Refreshments will be served and volunteers will receive a special gift.

Individuals who have interest in volunteering at the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are encouraged to attend as well. Volunteer opportunities include docent work, administrative support and working with children at the museum’s award-winning school programs. At the reception, potential volunteers can meet the staff, speak with other volunteers and tour the 19th century home of the Doak family.

After the reception, guests are invited to stay for the museum’s monthly old-time music jam session, “Pickin’ at the Doak’s.”

“Food, fun, gifts, music and fellowship, what more could you ask for on a fun Friday night,” said Doak House Site and Events Manager Leah Walker. “This is one of our favorite nights of the year, we cherish our volunteers and love the chance to say thank you.”     For more information contact the museum at 423-636-8554 or

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Tusculum College named one of top schools in Tennessee for return on investment

Tusculum College named one of top schools in Tennessee for return on investment

Posted on 05 August 2013 by

Tusculum College ranked in the top 20 Tennessee schools for top return on investment as ranked by The organization rated 185 higher education institutions in the state.

AC Online identified the Tennessee colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over thirty years, and earn more on average than graduates from other Tennessee schools.

“Tusculum College offers a solid education and foundation for a career that will pay dividends for years to come. Our students are both prepared for graduate programs and the workforce and that is reflected in the AC Online ranking,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Tennessee that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

Criteria included for consideration for listing on the High ROI College list include being a fully accredited institution, could be either public or private, were four-year, degree-granting institutions, a ROI ratings on the 2013 College Value Report by PayScale.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said Dr. Tom Stein, vice president of enrollment management at Tusculum College. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting these criteria by using data sets from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the Carnegie Classification and’s College Value Report.

“We aim to educate so that potential students are aware of their options for obtaining a degree and, most importantly, for paying for one,” says Schuessler.

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Fall semester 2013 classes to begin on Monday, Aug. 19

Fall semester 2013 classes to begin on Monday, Aug. 19

Posted on 05 August 2013 by

Students continue to return to campus this month in preparation for the first day of class for the fall 2013 semester, Monday, Aug. 19.

Resident assistants have already returned to campus as well as students involved in mentoring students in some of the freshmen learning programs.

A number of students will return Friday, Aug. 9. Scheduled to move-in are orientation team leaders, members of the football team, athletic training students, student teachers, members of the band and colorguard and BTG students.

Returning on Monday, Aug. 12, will be members of student leadership groups including the President’s Society, Pioneer Ambassadors, Bonners, Student Government Association, PALS and mass media. Also moving-in that day will members of the men’s and women’s soccer, cross country and volleyball teams.

Freshmen and returning students will move-in on Friday, Aug. 16. That day will also be the final Advanced Registration Day. Orientation activities for freshmen and new students will begin Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday.

Returning students move-in on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The first day of class will be Monday, Aug. 19. Following is the academic calendar for the 2013-14 academic year.

Block 1:
Monday, August 19 – Wednesday, September 11
Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day: Thursday, September 12
Constitution Day Observance: September 17
Block 2:
Monday, September 16 – Wednesday, October 9
Fall Break: Thursday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 15
Block 3:
Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, November 8
Block 4:
Wednesday, November 13 – Wednesday, December 11
Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 27 – Friday, November 29
Commencement: December 14
Christmas Break: Monday, December 16 – Friday, January 10
Block 5:
Monday, January 13 – Thursday, February 6
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20
Block 6:
Wednesday, February 12 – Friday, March 7
Spring Break: Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 14
Block 7:
Monday, March 17 – Wednesday, April 9
Block 8:
Monday, April 14 – Thursday, May 8
Good Friday: April 18
Commencement: May 10
Summer Session Term A:
Monday, May 12 – Friday, June 20
Memorial Day: May 26
Summer Session Term B:
Monday, June 23 – Friday, August 1
Independence Day: July 4

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