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In news today…

The Bradley County Schools Board of Education met on Thursday covering several items of business. The budget presentation was made by Susan Willcutt and Ellen Smith. The presentation is a draft, and still must be approved. However, in it are provisions for step raises for qualified employees, an estimated 4% raise for all salaried employees, and an estimated 2.5% increase for health insurance. Substitute teacher pay would go from $67/day to $84/day for regular subs, $75/day to $87.50/day for subs with a degree but not certified, and $80/day to $100/day for those who are certified. Overall, the board seems pleased with the budget presentation.

Also in news today…

Lee University will hold its 184th commencement ceremonies for spring graduates today and Saturday, May 6-7th, with Chancellor Paul Conn delivering the address.

Conn transitioned into his current role as chancellor after serving a 34-year tenure as the university’s president.

Graduation festivities will begin with a hooding ceremony for students earning graduate degrees. This service is a ticketed event and will take place in Pangle Hall at 4:30 p.m. today, May 6th. This is the largest class of graduate students to date.

Following the Friday hooding ceremony, all graduates will march in the commissioning service at 6:30 p.m. on the South Campus Quad Lawn. During commissioning, a special occasion for students and their families to reflect on their experiences at the university, five student speakers will share brief stories about their time at Lee. Students also will lead in the invocation, special music and the benediction. Each graduate will be presented with a personalized Bible in a traditional walk across the stage.

The commencement ceremony on Saturday morning is the official conferral of degrees and recognition of academic achievement. Each graduate will cross the stage and be congratulated by Walker as Debbie Murray, provost and vice president of academic affairs, by name.

The commissioning and commencement services will not require tickets unless inclement weather shifts the ceremony inside of the Paul Dana Walker Arena, where seating is limited. Climate-controlled overflow seating for both services also will be available. More than 630 degrees are set to be conferred, about 100 of which are for graduate students.

The hooding, commissioning and commencement ceremonies will be available for livestream viewing at leeu.live. 

In news today…

Cleveland State Community College has finalized plans for its Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony. Approximately 414 degrees and certificates will be awarded during the graduation ceremony. The ceremony will be held this evening, at 5:30 p.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Center.

Cleveland State President, Dr. Bill Seymour, will be the speaker of the ceremony.

After seven years at the college, Seymour will be retiring, and his last day in office will be June 30th.

For those unable to attend the Cleveland State Community College Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony, the event will be streamed live and can be viewed at mycs.cc/graduation