Commencement News

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

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

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.

Fall Commencement Ceremonies This Friday and Saturday

More than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees this week. Commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday on campus.The university-wide fall commencement ceremony is set for 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15, at Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will honor alumnus Charles O. “Chad” Holliday, chairman of the board of Bank of America.

Students Can Earn Commencement Medallions for Community Service

The UT Center for Leadership and Service will award students who do community service work a special medallion to wear when they graduate. Students who log 100 or more community service hours qualify for medallions, which will be available for students to wear at the May 2013 commencement.

McCormick CEO Wilson to Receive Alumnus Award, Address UT College Grads

Alan Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Company Inc., will receive the 2011 Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award at the spring commencement ceremony for the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Wilson also will deliver the college’s commencement address to graduates and their families at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 12, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Governor-elect Haslam to Speak at UT Fall Commencement

Governor-elect and Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam will address graduates at the fall commencement ceremony for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at Thompson-Boling Arena on UT’s campus.

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.

Big Names, Big Crowds Mark UT Knoxville Commencement Week

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.