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.
The UT College of Social Work will see its first distance education master’s degree students graduate this week. Students began the program during summer 2008.
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.