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MTSU Congratulates Scholars
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MURFREESBORO, TN (07/18/2023) - Middle Tennessee State University is congratulating the students who received their degrees at its spring 2023 commencement ceremonies.

MTSU's two-day commencement event in May split the members of the first Class of 2023 into four Murphy Center ceremonies to receive their degrees and hear from those who best know what those degrees can do: four MTSU alumni.

The guest speakers included media graduate Nic Dugger, founder and owner of TNDV: Television LLC, chief marketing officer for Live Media Group LLC; business alumnus Bill Jones, a Murfreesboro banker and community leader and Pinnacle Financial Partners area executive; business management graduate Matt Crews, founder and CEO of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix; and psychology alumna, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Board of Trustees member Pamela Wright.

The complete list of honorees, compiled by the MTSU Registrar's Office and alphabetized by the students' surnames, also is available as a searchable PDF in this story at, the university's news site:

Full news coverage of MTSU's spring 2023 commencement ceremonies, including video and photos, is available at

Those from DeKalb County who received their degrees include Noah Byrge of Alexandria, Andy Finch of Dowelltown, Kelsey MacDonald of Alexandria, Dulce Maciel-Ortega of Smithville, Kelsie Merriman of Smithville, Ann Pursell of Liberty, Ashley Reynolds of Dowelltown, Rachel Rhody of Smithville, Jerry Strait of Smithville, and Olivia Winter of Smithville.

Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, Middle Tennessee State University is one of the oldest and largest undergraduate universities in the state of Tennessee. With a fall enrollment averaging more than 21,000 students for the past several years, MTSU remains committed to providing individualized service in an exciting and nurturing atmosphere where student success is the top priority.

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