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Vol State Celebrates 40 Years of Academic Excellence

Submitted on November 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Hundreds of people turned out Friday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Volunteer State Community College. Vol State classes began in October of 1971 with 581 students. This fall semester 8,653 students are enrolled. It's estimated that 134,280 people have attended Vol State in the past 40 years. That means former Vol State students, if assembled together, would be the sixth largest city in the state. During the celebration event alumni, faculty, staff and students shared stories about the college through the years. The Pioneer Cheerleaders pumped up the crowd and student musicians shared their talents. The event was capped with a cake cutting.

On Saturday, November 19 the celebration culminates with the annual Homecoming basketball games, which will be held in the Pickel Field House at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with special 40th anniversary events throughout the day.

The college has a 40th anniversary web page with a picture gallery of Vol State through the decades: www.volstate.edu/forty.

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Pictured: The new Vol State Bluegrass Ensemble made its debut performance at the 40th celebration.

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