MTSU’s McPhee recognizes Riverdale seniors at inaugural College & Career Signing Day

MTSU News MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee helped congratulate nearly 500 Riverdale High School seniors Friday (April 5) on the occasion of the school’s inaugural College and Career Signing Day event in Johnny Parsley Memorial Gym.
Invited as the keynote speaker, McPhee said he wanted “to recognize and celebrate the important decisions made by so many in Riverdale’s 2019 class of graduating seniors to continue their studies beyond this magnificent high school by attending a higher education institution” and other career choices.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, second from left, gives commemorative lunch boxes to Riverdale seniors Lindsay Smith, center, Megan Lawrence and Destiny Juliano Friday (April 5) at the first Riverdale College and Career Signing Day in the Johnny Parsley Memorial Gym. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
Riverdale chose to honor and publicly celebrate all of its seniors for their post-secondary choices and accomplishments. These include those who have committed to serve in the military, those who have acquired the skills necessary to be successful leaders in the workforce and those choosing to pursue Tennessee College of Applied Technology, or TCAT, community college and four-year colleges and universities, including MTSU.
“Apply yourself, take advantage of every opportunity and don’t waste time — when you’re waiting five minutes for a friend, take time to read a book,” McPhee said to the attentive and enthusiastic audience that included parents and family members, Riverdale faculty and staff and others.
“For those of you planning to attend MTSU (130 Riverdale students have been accepted), you’re going to get the full attention of our faculty, staff and administration,” McPhee added. “We don’t behave like a large university. We are about people and programs.”
The president received applause when he shared about an NBC Nightly News story that aired earlier this year about the recording industry program’s Grammy connections.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, talks …

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