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

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It’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. During Saturday’s 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.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Forget Big Orange Friday

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On Rocky Top, every Friday is Big Orange Friday. Watch the latest Big Orange Friday video, which highlights the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new extension of Pedestrian Walkway. The cold weather gives these students even more ways to keep orange on Friday.

Chancellor Meets with President Obama Again About Higher Ed Access

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Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is meeting with a group led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, DC, today to address increasing college access for low-income students. This is the second time this year Cheek has been invited by the White House to discuss this issue. Cheek will share UT’s commitment aimed at increasing STEM graduates by 20 to 25 percent with a primary focus on underrepresented students. Find more information on the College Opportunity Day of Action summit, or watch it live at WhiteHouse.gov.

Ready for the World Cafe Concludes Fall Season December 4

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The Ready for the World Cafe concludes the fall season with Spanish fare on Thursday, December 4. The luncheon, featuring ceviche, tapas, stewed rabbit and flan, will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.

UT Nursing: Digital Stories Could Help Dying Patients Communicate

Before she died, Theresa and Raphael’s mother created a video message to comfort her children, remind them of her everlasting love, and assure them that everything is as it should be. Though her story is not real, it is the type of message a person dying of HIV/AIDS may want to leave behind. It is one of four digital stories created as a UT College of Nursing pilot research project. The goal is to create a tool that can help persons with HIV/AIDS communicate their end-of-life and advanced care planning wishes.