DSCC's Commencement Plans Announced

Randy Boyd
47th Commencement to be held May 6 at 2 p.m.

Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) will hold its 47th annual commencement exercises May 6, at 2 p.m., inside the Dyer County High School Gymnasium. Rehearsal has been scheduled to take place at Dyer County High School Friday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m.


The College estimates 401 students will graduate.


Randy Boyd, former commissioner of economic and community development, will deliver the commencement address. Boyd was born in South Knoxville and graduated from Doyle High School at age 16. He worked nights running plastic injection molding machines at his father’s business to pay his way through college. By age 19, he was the first in his family to graduate from college and is a proud alum of the University of Tennessee. Because of higher education, Boyd is a lifelong entrepreneur and advocate for expanding economic and educational opportunities in Tennessee.


As a young entrepreneur, Boyd sold electric fencing out of the back of his Dodge van to small farm stores throughout the southeast. Twenty-five years later his company, Radio Systems Corporation (RSC), is known worldwide by the brand names Invisible Fence, PetSafe and SportDOG and produces over 4,000 pet related products. Today RSC is ranked as a top workplace by Forbes magazine, employing more than 700 people.


In 2012, Boyd served in the administration of Governor Bill Haslam as an unpaid advisor on education. His work resulted in creating the Drive to 55 and the Tennessee Promise – which has empowered more first generation students to enroll in community colleges and technical schools than ever before, with no additional cost to the taxpayer.


Boyd’s tenure as Commissioner was marked by a commitment to reaching all 95 counties of Tennessee to create job opportunities for rural and urban areas, alike. Under his leadership the private sector committed to creating 50,000 new jobs and investing $11 billion in the Tennessee economy.


Boyd and his wife Jenny have been married for 32 years and have two children, Harrison and Thomas, and a daughter-in-law Lindsey.


A reception to honor graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony. For more information, please contact Heather Gann, DSCC director of admissions and records, at 731-286-3331.




Photo caption: Randy Boyd, former commissioner of economic and community development, is scheduled to deliver the address at DSCC’s 47th Commencement Ceremony May 6.