Tassel Time in Tennessee: Commencement Ceremonies to Be Held This Week

grad-hugIt’s tassel time in Tennessee with 1,747 undergraduate, graduate, and law students set to don mortarboards and receive their degrees from UT this week.

Graduate hooding will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13. Both will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena.

During Saturday’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, an honorary degree will be awarded to Edward O. Wilson, who is considered the founder of sociobiology and the world’s leading authority on ants. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson has been called “the new Darwin,” and Time magazine once declared him one of America’s twenty-five most influential people.

The speaker for Saturday’s ceremony is Laurence Evans, forty-five, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sport management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. A native of Cardiff, Wales, Evans is a world traveler and married father of four. He has worked with special needs children and plans to work with Alzheimer’s patients in the future.

Graduates and their guests can park free in student parking areas, including the G-10 garage located next to Thompson-Boling Arena. Parking in staff parking areas is prohibited.

When sharing photos or posts about graduation, use the hashtag #UTgrad2014.

Commencement ceremonies will be webcast. For more information about commencement, visit the commencement website.

C O N T A C T:

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakley@utk.edu)