Did last week’s diploma get you fired up for graduation? It’s almost here, so this week, The Settler visited with Amber Regan, graduation analyst at Volunteer State Community College.
Regan audits all graduation applicant records, sends information out to students regarding graduation requirements and maintains the degree evaluation tool in the volstate.edu student portal. In addition to technical aspects of graduation, Regan is also involved in planning the commencement ceremony and other activities.
“I enrolled at Vol State as a student right out of high school, in August 2003. I have been here ever since,” she said.
Not everyone can say that they have their dream job, but Regan does.
“Since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to work at Vol State. I love the atmosphere and what we do here. While working in the Advising Center I always enjoyed helping students with degree audits. For some reason it was like working a puzzle to me. That’s what I do every day now.
“I get to see all the pieces come together and help plan the commencement ceremony to honor the students’ hard work and dedication. Getting to see students excited on commencement day and when they pick up their diplomas is very rewarding,” she said.
Regan said that she is a perfectionist and always checks her work twice. “I have to, when it comes to working on someone’s graduation file. … I also try to teach students the importance of taking an active role when it comes to getting the job done, and done right.”
Regan’s husband, Jeff, is also a Vol State alumnus. Their son, Parker, is 2 and his son, Jake, is 6. She is active in church at Strong Tower Ministries in Westmoreland. She said that she enjoys horseback riding, Fall Creek Falls State Park, and hanging out with family and friends.
Regan said she is the keeper of the diplomas on campus, and displays her own on the wall in her office.
“I wish all of our graduating students would participate in our commencement ceremony. It’s free and a celebration for the students, so please, once that time comes for you – walk! You’ll be happy that you did.”
For more information about Vol State graduation, including the commencement ceremony on May 5 and graduate awards night on April 27, visit volstate.edu/graduation.