Stephanie Welch to speak at Pellissippi State Commencement

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Stephanie Welch

Stephanie Welch, president of Great Schools Partnership, will be the speaker at Pellissippi State Community College’s Commencement ceremony Friday, May 4.

Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. About 800 students will earn an associate degree this semester, including the first student to graduate from the Career Magnet Academy and Pellissippi State at the same time.

Welch joined Great Schools Partnership in 2013. GSP is an organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst, think tank, incubator, start-up funder and operational partner for making Knox County Schools globally competitive. She was named president last week following the retirement of Buzz Thomas. In addition, she represents District 1 on Knoxville’s City Council.

Welch began her career in public health. She has worked at the East Tennessee Regional Health Office and at the Knox County Health Department and has chaired boards ranging from Knoxville’s Food Policy Council to the National Association of County and City Health Officials MAPP Workgroup.

Welch is a major in the U.S. Army Reserve and is the executive officer for a Medical Support Unit in Chattanooga.

For more information, visit or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at Commencement, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or