Calhoun Community College Graduate Attended Private White House Graduation Ceremony

May 26, 2020

Jeffrey NeillCalhoun Community College student, Jeffrey Neill, received a surprise invitation from the White House to attend a private graduation celebration on Friday, May 22.

Neill, a graduate of Calhoun and Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program and native of Cornersville, TN, was one of 20 students invited from across the nation to attend. Honorees ranged from kindergarten to adult, with Neill being the only adult learner to participate in the celebration. “Not only is this a great opportunity for our student, but it is great exposure for skilled trades programs such as advanced manufacturing,” commented John Holley, Calhoun Dean of Technologies. “There is no doubt in my mind that Jeffrey will represent himself and our college extremely well during today’s celebration,” added Holley.

According to White House officials, the event was planned as a special recognition program due to students not having a traditional graduation ceremony due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants will receive a certificate from the White House which includes their name, college and hometown. “Students around the country are putting their graduation celebrations on hold and we know it’s a very tough time for everyone,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun Interim President. “This news has brought our entire college family great joy to know that Jeffrey will participate in this unforgettable moment at the White House to celebrate his many accomplishments in the AMT Program. For that, we are extremely proud of him”, added Burke.

Calhoun was recently ranked #1 in the United States for awarding degrees in Advanced Manufacturing. This ranking includes all community colleges, technical colleges and universities across the country.

For more information about this event, please contact Calhoun’s Public Relations office at 256-306-2560 or 256-306-2965. You may also email Sherika Attipoe, Acting Assistant Director of Public Relations & CETV at or Wes Torain, Acting Director of Public Relations & CETV at