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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
It takes a lot of energy to be Jackie Young, which is a good thing because energy just happens to be Young’s specialty. When the nuclear engineering major at UT Knoxville, wasn’t in class or the library, or playing her clarinet in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, she was planning science bowls and community service events.
For UT Knoxville graduate student Harrison Huaqing Pang, video production is both a science and an art. Pang, who is graduating this month with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art, specializes in video art installations, using the training and experience he received as a broadcasting technician and videographer for the Associated Press.
Capt. Ivan Castro, the only blind officer serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces, will speak at the ROTC commissioning ceremony at UT Knoxville on May 13. The Army ROTC Rocky Top Battalion will commission 11 current ROTC cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the ceremony, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the University Center ballroom. It is open to the public.