College of Health, Education,
and Professional Studies

College of Health, Education,and Professional Studies

Dean Valerie Rutledge congratulates a graduating student.

Dear Students of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies,

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in order to protect the health and safety of the community, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has taken the extraordinary action of postponing commencement ceremonies and all related festivities originally scheduled for May 1-2.

Spring 2020 Commencement instead will take place in August—with undergraduate ceremonies on Aug. 7 and graduate ceremonies on August 8.

While these ceremonies have been postponed for three months, the University will proceed with conferring degrees to all eligible undergraduate, graduate and professional students in May, signifying at that time that these members of the Class of 2020 will have completed their programs and earned their degrees.

signature of Dean Valerie Rutledge

Dean, College of Health, Education and Professional Studies


Faculty and staff in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies (CHEPS) work collaboratively to connect high quality student learning to the unique research and service opportunities of a metropolitan university.


The College of Health, Education and Professional Studies prepares liberally educated, technologically efficient scholars and practitioners for life in a global society.

The College is committed to:

  • Enhancing the bodies of knowledge in each of its disciplines.
  • Promoting the values and ethics of a truth-seeking, caring community.
  • Serving diverse populations by providing family and social service experts, health and lifestyle professionals, leaders and teachers for the 21st century.

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