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Senior Nursing Student’s Memory Honored with Special Ceremony

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.

UT Senior Has Sustainable Energy to Spare

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.

Lawfully Wedded: UT Law Couple Graduates Together

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.

UT Nuclear Engineering Graduate Aims to Inspire Youth

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.

Chinese Associated Press Videographer to Graduate with UT Fine Arts Degree

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.

Blind Special Forces Soldier to Speak at UT’s ROTC Commissioning

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.