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Fall Commencement Ceremonies This Friday and Saturday

More than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees this week. Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday on campus.The university-wide fall commencement ceremony is set for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will honor alumnus Charles O. “Chad” Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America.

Dolly Parton Writes Book Based on UT Address

Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate degree from UT in 2009, and gave the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Sarah Hillyer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She and co-founder Ashleigh Huffman have the big idea of using sport as a tool for personal and community development.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Howard Hall

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair professor of nuclear security, has the big idea to take UT’s capabilities and apply them to the challenge of global nuclear security.

Behind the Scenes of the Big Orange. Big Ideas. TV Commercial

Peyton Manning

What goes into shooting a thirty second TV spot? One-hundred eighty hours. Created by UT’s Department of Video and Photography, the long hours can be attributed to the breadth of content weaved together into just a half a minute. Viewers will notice running themes of orange, talented alumni, the impact of their big ideas, and the impact of UT. The spot debuts this Friday with the start of the Volunteer football season on ESPNU during the North Carolina State game.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Peyton Manning

Big Orange Big Ideas

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Peyton Manning, a 1997 communications graduate, shares his big idea of providing leadership and growth opportunities to at-risk children through his Peyback Foundation.

Ayres Hall, Tyson House Added to National Register of Historic Places

Ayres Hall

Two of the university’s most well-known buildings, Ayres Hall and Tyson House, are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They join the Hopecote guest house as the three UT buildings listed among the 113 Knoxville-area properties on the register.

UT Team Wins Regional Human Resources Business Plan Competition

A team of UT Knoxville graduate human resource management students has won a Southeast regional business plan competition sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The five UT students competed against fifty students from fifteen universities.

Tennessee’s Pat Summitt Named Head Coach Emeritus

Head women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt was named head coach emeritus on Wednesday, following 38 seasons and 1,098 victories at Tennessee. Associate head coach Holly Warlick, an assistant on the Tennessee staff for 27 seasons and a three-time All-American as a player for the Lady Vols, has been named Summitt’s successor.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Jim Boyle

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Jim Boyle, director of the Student Health Center, had the idea of bringing key student services under one roof. The new Student Health Building houses the Student Health Center; the Counseling Center; and the Safety, Environment, and Education Center.