Commencement News

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Complete FUTURE Program, a First for UT

Meredith Schlandt thought having a college experience would never be possible for her until she came to UT. Through the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, she was able to audit nursing and public health courses and other classes of interest. Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a postsecondary certificate. They are the program’s first graduates.

Dwight Hutchins to Speak at College of Engineering Commencement

Dwight Hutchins, the global managing director of Washington, DC-based Accenture’s Health and Public Service Strategy practice, will be the College of Engineering’s commencement keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 8. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Commencement is Early Mother’s Day Gift for Grad, Single Mom

When 21-year-old Anna King graduates from UT this week, it will be an early Mother’s Day gift to herself. As an eighteen-year-old freshman, King found out she was pregnant. She resolved to finish her degree while raising her child as a single mother.

Students First to Graduate with Sustainability Major

If you want to irk Nick Alderson and Alyssa Schroder, throw something away that could be reused. Environmental consciousness is engrained in the first graduates with a sustainability major in UT history. Alderson used to play in a creek behind his house in Portland, Tennessee and pick up trash accumulating in the once-pristine water. Schroder grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, watching her mom recycle and take canvas bags to the grocery store. Now, the two want to influence the world to be environmentally conscious.

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.

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.

Grad Story: Random Acts of Flowers Founder Earns EMBA, Expands Charity Nationally

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For four years, Random Acts of Flowers has delivered smiles to the infirm in Knoxville’s hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices by surprising them with free repurposed bouquets. Larsen Jay, the nonprofit’s founder and executive director, wants to take the charity nationally. Through skills he’s learned at UT, he’s poised to do just that. Jay graduates today from UT’s Executive Master of Business Administration for Strategic Leadership program.

Grad Story: With MBA in Hand, Haag Aims to Turn Tragedy into Triumph

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As a youngster, soon-to-be MBA grad Andrew Haag was severely injured in a car crash. As the years passed, he realized the experience made him want to go into hospital administration—because he knows that’s a career where he can have a positive impact. Today, Haag takes a major step toward that goal when he receives his MBA from UT.

Grad Story: Troy Boonstra, Honored for Military Heroism, Earns ADMBA

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After twenty-five years of military service—including multiple tours of duty to Afghanistan and Iraq, playing a role in the Jessica Lynch rescue, and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism—Troy Boonstra is ready to mark another milestone: his MBA. Boonstra graduates from UT’s Aerospace and Defense MBA program today.