UT Welcomes Noted Speakers for Spring Commencement Ceremonies

KNOXVILLE — As the spring semester concludes, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin a full week of commencement ceremonies and celebrations beginning Saturday, May 8.

More than 4,300 undergraduate or graduate students will receive degrees from UT Knoxville this spring. For information about parking, viewing the ceremonies live on the Web or other details, visit http://www.utk.edu/commencement/spring10/.

Saturday, May 8

3:30 p.m., College of Veterinary Medicine Hooding, Alumni Memorial Building

Speaker: Michael J. Blackwell, former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and president and CEO of Blackwell Consulting, LLC.

Wednesday, May 12

8:30 a.m., College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Matthew Gray, associate professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Gray is this year’s recipient of the W.S. Overton Faculty Merit Award.

10 a.m., School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information Auditorium

Speaker: Amber Conger, graduate student.

11:30 a.m., College of Engineering, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Raja J. Jubran, UT alumnus and founder and CEO of Denark Construction Inc.

3:30 p.m., College of Communication and Information, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Phillip Fulmer, UT alumnus and former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

Thursday, May 13

8:30 a.m., College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Bob Rider, dean of the college.

10 a.m., Chancellor’s Honors Graduation Brunch, University Center Ballroom

Speaker: Justice Sharon G. Lee, UT alumna and member of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

11 a.m., Audiology and Speech Pathology, Alumni Memorial Building

Speakers: Students Hailey Huffman, Michael Pickering and Anna Wade.

1 p.m., College of Nursing, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speakers: Students Mark Priestley, Elizabeth Heffern and clinical instructor Polly McClanahan McArthur.

4:30 p.m., Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Vincent Anfara, professor and head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Friday, May 14

8:30 a.m., College of Arts and Sciences, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Al Gore, former U.S. vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Gore will receive an honorary doctorate.

1:30 p.m., College of Social Work, Alumni Memorial Building

Speaker: Karen Sowers, dean of the college.

2 p.m., College of Business Administration, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, UT alumnus.

5 p.m., College of Law, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena

Speaker: Howard H. Baker Jr., UT alumnus and former U.S. senator and U.S. ambassador to Japan, for whom the UT Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is named.

6:30 p.m., College of Architecture and Design Hooding Ceremony, Alumni Memorial Building

Speaker: Brad Fenwick, UT vice chancellor for research and engagement.

C O N T A C T:

Whitney Holmes (865-974-5460 or 865-235-3302 or wholmes7@utk.edu)

Karen Collins (865-974-5186 or 865-216-6862 or karen.collins@tennessee.edu)

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