Dolly Parton Writes Book Based on UT Address

In 2009, east Tennessee native Dolly Parton gave a memorable commencement address at UT that became a YouTube sensation. In her speech, Parton urged graduates to “dream more, learn more, care more, and do more.” Parton has turned that message into a new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

Watch her commencement address below.


Parton appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to talk about how her commencement address became a book. Watch the interview and a musical performance here. She also was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and appeared on The Colbert Report.

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You is now available in bookstores and online. All sales will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by offering free books to children in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.