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.
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.
The start of the holiday season includes a day for giving thanks, two days for seeking deals, and now a national day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back: Giving Tuesday. This Tuesday, December 2, UT is encouraging alumni and other donors to participate.
UT has been recognized as a leader in the areas of orientation and parent programs by the National Orientation Directors Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention and the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals.
Curious about how an actor gets into character? Kathleen Buckley, associate professor of theatre, will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how actors break down a script at this week’s final Pregame Showcase before the Vols take on the Missouri Tigers.
Jillian Paciello has been named the university’s Clery Act compliance coordinator. Paciello, formerly the records manager for the UT Police Department, will monitor and ensure Clery Act compliance at the university.
The Ready for the World Cafe will journey to France on Thursday, October 23 and October 30. The luncheons will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the UT Visitors Center, 2712 Neyland Drive.
UT’s College of Law is one of the nation’s outstanding law schools, according to the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s list of The Best 169 Law Schools.
Counting on the generosity of Volunteers, UT’s second annual Big Orange Give kicks off Homecoming Week and seeks to raise $500,000 in five days. The campaign has doubled its goal from last year’s successful effort, which involved more than 1,630 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students pledging a total of $250,105 online.
UT Recycling has stepped up its efforts to move toward its goal of “Zero Waste Game Days” at Neyland Stadium. Its goal for the 2014 football season was to divert at least 50 percent of the game day waste from landfills. After the first two home games, the unit has met this goal by sending more than 50 percent of game-day waste to be processed for recycling and composting for the first time ever.