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Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Big Idea: Campus Renewal Leads Creation of Prayer Book

Campus Renewal, a national Christian ministry group with a branch at UT, came up with a big idea: having campus ministries work together to create a daily prayer book. Each day features a prayer, a scripture passage, a description of the organization that submitted it, and a group of people at the university to specifically pray for. The groups range from faculty and staff to transfer students and students with disabilities, to support staff and the Board of Regents.

‘I Heart UT Week’ Offers Break before Finals, Opportunities to Give Back

I Heart UT

“I Heart UT Week,” which begins Saturday, will give students a brief diversion before finals. The event will include seven days of philanthropic and entertaining activities. The week includes a photo contest, a day of service, the annual Volapalooza contest, athletic events, and a stress release party, among other events.

UT Awards Alumnus Chad Holliday Honorary Doctorate at Commencement

Chad Holliday receives honorary doctorate at UT's Fall 2012 Commencement Ceremony

UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.

UT Veterans Invited to Commemorate Veterans Day Nov. 12

Faculty, staff, and students who are also military veterans are invited to sign a board commemorating Veterans Day. The board will be displayed on campus during the National Day of Remembrance on November 12 and other times throughout the year.

UT RecSports Fields Set to Open in Early 2013

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It won’t be long before University of Tennessee students are enjoying the new and long-awaited RecSports fields on Sutherland Avenue. The 40-acre complex will open early in the spring semester.

Veterans Reunion and Campus Parade Highlight Homecoming Festivities

Homecoming

A veterans reunion, the annual campus parade, and a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act are among the events highlighting this year’s Homecoming celebrations. Homecoming events begin Sunday and culminate on Saturday, November 3, when the football Vols take on Troy in Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

WBIR: UT program gives students with intellectual disabilities chance to attend college

WBIR Channel 10 takes a look at UT’s FUTURE program, an initiative that gives students with intellectual disabilities the chance to attend college. The program began last year at UT through a grant from the US Department of Education. Students attend specialized classes and audit one academic and one physical education class per semester. “They don’t necessarily

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UT Welcomes Fans, ESPN College GameDay to Florida Game Saturday

ESPN College GameDay

UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the Volunteers’ game against the University of Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. ESPN will televise the game, and also will broadcast its live ESPN College GameDay program in Circle Park, outside Neyland Stadium, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday.