More than 240 students from the College of Engineering officially became graduates of UT Knoxville last week as about 2,000 parents, friends and relatives watched them walk across the stage inside Thompson-Boling Arena.
Commencement 2010 News
Courtney House was supposed to graduate with her classmates last week. But the senior died in September 2009 only months after being diagnosed with cancer. Courtney’s memory was honored at the College of Nursing’s commencement exercises with a special pinning ceremony, where her parents were presented with the nursing pin that Courtney would have received at graduation.
Thousands of graduates, their families and friends converged on UT Knoxville this week to celebrate spring commencement. Individual college commencement ceremonies held over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday featured many notable speakers — from a Nobel laureate to a national championship winning football coach — who offered graduates sound words of wisdom and advice.
UT Knoxville honored former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore with an honorary degree today at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement exercises.
Reagan Richmond is out to save the world. The graduating senior in environmental studies at UT Knoxville has been a campus leader in environmental issues for the last five years. Richmond had no intention of majoring in environmental studies when she first arrived at UT. She originally planned to study pre-med and go in to prosthetics, helping amputee patients.
For some students, graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is truly a family affair. Among this year’s graduates are three sets of sisters — two sets, identical twins — who will receive their diplomas this week.
Twenty-three female students are wrapping up a year-long mentorship with the national Women in Cable Telecommunications organization and two of them have had the chance to work as interns at Scripps Networks Interactive. This was the first year that UT, the WICT Atlanta Chapter and the College of Communication and Information offered the mentoring program to seniors.
Eight students will graduate from the College of Nursing at UT Knoxville having received a richer, more intensive clinical experience this semester, thanks to a unique partnership with Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville.
For friends and relatives who can’t attend this week’s UT Knoxville commencement ceremonies, nine of this week’s graduations will be televised on UTTV, channel 65 for on-campus viewers and Comcast digital channel 194 for Comcast cable subscribers in the greater Knoxville area.
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition between husband and wife. Just ask Beth Wilson and Brad Vaughan, married UT Knoxville College of Law students who are graduating together this week.