Saturday Created 1,760 New Alumni at MTSU

Dec 16, 2023 at 12:31 pm by WGNS

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(MURFREESBORO) More than 1,760 Middle Tennessee State University graduates received their diplomas on Saturday (12/16/2023). With that in-hand the new alumni then flipped the tassels on their mortarboards to the left and became graduates of the class of 2023.

Graduate students and undergrads in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences,Jennings A. Jones College of Business and College of Liberal Arts will be the first to celebrate their accomplishments in a 9 a.m. Central ceremony inside Murphy Center’s Hale/Earle Arena.


Students in MTSU’s College of Basic and Applied Sciences,College of Education,College of Media and Entertainment and the University College will receive their degrees in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

It’ll all be airing live across town and the world Dec. 16 on the university’s livestream channel, on True Blue TV and on the university’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Of the 1,761 new alumni, 1,458 are undergraduates and 303 are graduate students, including 262 master’s candidates, 23 education-specialist recipients and 18 doctoral candidates. In addition, seven graduate students will be receiving graduate certificates, and eight undergraduate students will be receiving undergraduate certificates, according to the university’s Registrar’s Office.

Providing words of encouragement as keynote speaker at both ceremonies will be Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, one of Middle Tennessee’s oldest and largest business federations. 

Schulz joined the chamber in 2006, following a 30-year career in nonprofit management, marketing and fundraising. During his tenure, the chamber played a key role in helping the region emerge from the 2007 recession to a period of unprecedented growth. 

The chamber has also led the movement to improve public school performance through the creation of the Academies of Nashville, established the Moving Forward initiative to ensure the creation of a regional transportation solution through a cohesive community effort and developed into a respected publisher of data on the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area with the annual publication of the Vital Signs report.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Schultz currently serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including the Nashville Health Care Council, Tennessee Business Roundtable and others. He has also been involved with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Bus Rapid Transit, MTA’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and the NashvilleNEXT Steering Committee and Major League Soccer to Nashville advisory committee.

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