Famous Drummer Speaks During Graduation

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Nossi College of Art’s 2019 commencement speaker, Greg Upchurch, studied music at the University of Central Oklahoma before starting a storied career as a drummer. He famously worked with Chris Cornell in the late 90s for Chris’ solo album and tour and Upchurch was the drumming backbone for other rock bands including Eleven, Puddle of Mudd and 3 Doors Down. The bands Upchurch has played with have sold over 20 million albums! He is currently part of 3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum group. They are currently touring across North America.

Not only does 3 Doors Down tour the nation; they also put on a show for their community through their nonprofit, The Better Life Foundation. Established in 2004, this organization has a mission to make a positive change in the lives of children and young adults.

“Greg Upchurch’s life experiences reflect perseverance and persistence,” said Dr. Byron Edwards, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nossi College of Art. “These are two attributes that always benefit the individual who exhibits them – especially an artist who can inspire our creative graduates with his experiences.”

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Nossi College of Art is graduating students in five degree programs including an Associate Degree in Commercial Photography and Bachelor Degrees in Digital Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media and Commercial Illustration.

In addition to the time dedicated to completing their degrees, Nossi College is proud of the number of honor students walking across the graduation stage. Nossi College has 10 students who will walk with the distinction of National Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society. Eight students are Kappa Pi Eta Tau members, a chapter from an International Honorary Art Society focused on leadership, academics and community. Kappa Pi members must maintain a 3.0 GPA and above. Nossi College will also have over a dozen students graduating with a Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude honor, about a third of our total graduates.

Alpha Beta Kappa Students
Sean Williams
Ryne Anderson
Jason Hill
Rachel Holt
Johnny Jones
Angela Everett
Karen Hulsey
Jason Lyell
Hayley Colburn
Gabriella Karademos

Kappa Pi Students
Sean Williams
Ryne Anderson
Debra Holloman
Tabitha Ellis
Angela Everett
Jason Lyell
Hayley Colburn
Gabriella Karademos
Ben Neely

Nossi College of Art is a small, private, professional art college just north of Downtown Nashville focusing on the technology influence on the creative arts. From a new web and interactive bachelor’s degree to incorporating coding, web language, business and marketing classes into all creative programs, Nossi College ensures graduates understand how technology impacts their creative craft. Nossi College of Art offers professional, creative associate and bachelor degrees in Web & Interactive Design, Graphic Design Media, Photography, Video & Film and Commercial Illustration. They also offer a Photo Certificate program this fall 2019. Learn more about the variety of programs available at Nossi by clicking the below link.

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