UT Announces Commencement Speakers

KNOXVILLE — A total of 3,166 students will receive degrees this semester from the University of Tennessee in a ceremony set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena on UT’s campus. Gov. Phil Bredesen will deliver the keynote address.

A graduate student hooding ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena. Graduate degrees will be awarded to all master’s, specialists in education and doctoral candidates.

Commencement activities involve 2,127 undergraduates, 832 graduate students, 138 law school graduates and 69 veterinary medicine graduates.

Individual colleges will hold ceremonies on May 10, 11 and 12.

The ceremonies and their featured speakers are as follows:

Wednesday

–Veterinary Medicine

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, Tennessee Theater

Speakers: Dean Michael Blackwell; Dr. Randy Hammon, president of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association; Dr. Joseph DiPietro, Vice President of Agriculture; students Sara Petre and Matt Brent

Thursday

–Audiology and Speech Pathology Department

11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium

Speakers: Students Adrienne Thompson, Megan Skinner, Emily Barker, Steve Madix and Mindy Freyaldenhoven

Contact: aspweb@utk.edu, (865) 974-5019

–College of Architecture and Design hooding ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students

4 p.m. Thursday May 11, Clarence Brown Theater

Speakers: Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Martin and students Barbara Ann Winchester, Sara Catherine Sharp and John Charles Sanders Mixon

Contact: (865) 974-5265

–Honors Program 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Speaker: Tom Broadhead, former Honors program director and current UT admissions director

Contact: Mary Ann Bright (865) 974-7875

Friday

–College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

11 a.m. Friday May 12, Knoxville Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B

Speakers: Associate Dean Mary Lewnes Albrecht; Richard Heitmann, associate professor animal sciences and 2006 outstanding advisor, and top graduate, Tera Bunch

Contact: (865) 974-7303 or visit http://casnr.tennessee.edu/forms/commencementreg.htm

–College of Arts and Sciences

11:30 a.m., Friday, May 12, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Anne Mayhew

Contact: (865) 974-4377 or visit http://www.artsci.utk.edu/commencement_rsvp_submission_for.htm

–College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

11:30 a.m. Friday May 12, Knoxville Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A

Speaker: Dean Bob Rider

Contact: (865) 974-5063 or visit http://web.utk.edu/~cehhsstu/Graduation/

–College of Social Work

Noon Friday, May 12, at Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium

Speakers: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Tim Rogers, Dean Karen Sowers and Associate Dean Geraldine Faria

Contact: (865) 974-3353

–College of Nursing

3 p.m. Thursday May 11, at Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speakers: Dean Joan Creasia and students Aubrie Gatlin, Michelle McCluskey and Carole Myers

Contact:(865)974-7583

–College of Business Administration

3:30 p.m. Friday May 12, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Michael R. West, an alumnus of the college of business administration and managing partner of Northshore Management Company

Contact (865)974-5096 or visit http://bus.utk.edu/undergrad

–College of Communication and Information

3:30 p.m. Friday May 12, Knoxville Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A

Speaker: Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn.

Contact (865) 974-3031 or visit http://www.cci.utk.edu/commencement.php

Parking for the university-wide commencement ceremony is available in student designated lots throughout campus and on the top level of the administrative parking garage (staff lot 30) off Lake Loudoun Blvd.

Parking for persons with disabilities attending ceremonies is available at Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena is available in the Neyland Drive Garage (G-10).

For a campus parking map, visit http://www.utk.edu/maps/campus.

Shuttles also will run from the Agriculture campus to Thompson Boling Arena and then to Knoxville Convention Center. For complete shuttle details, visit http://web.utk.edu/~pso/

For more information regarding the graduate student hooding ceremony call the UT Office of Graduate Studies at (865) 974-2475 or visit http://gradstudies.utk.edu/gradhooding.shtml

For more information regarding the university-wide commencement ceremony call the UT Registrar’s office at (865) 974-2101 or visit http://registrar.tennessee.edu/graduation/commencement.shtml