Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will be honored by UT Knoxville with only the third honorary degree granted by the campus. Gore will receive the degree — an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, addressing graduates and their families along with the gathered faculty.
This story from WATE-TV featured the UT Knoxville Fall 2009 commencement ceremony. The story reported that many graduates are choosing
Listen to an audio report on Thom Mason’s Fall 2009 Commencement address.
Our world has big problems and we need intelligent, educated people to solve them. That was the message shared by Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who addressed approximately 1,000 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, undergraduate students who participated in fall commencement today at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Col. Robin Akin, the first former UT female cadet to be selected for the rank of brigadier general, will return to campus on Friday, Dec. 11, to commission two current ROTC cadets as second lieutenants in the Army. Akin also will speak during the ceremony, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public.
Thomas Mason, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and president and CEO of UT-Battelle, LLC, will be the featured speaker at UT Knoxville fall commencement. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, in Thompson-Boling Arena. More than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who have completed degree programs during the summer or fall semester will be awarded diplomas.
Sixteen food enthusiasts — college students, retirees and working professionals in a variety of fields, including some already in the food service industry — graduated Wednesday, Dec. 2, from the Culinary Institute at UT Knoxville. This is the fifth class to graduate from the institute since it started in October 2007.
Dolly Parton’s speech to the 2009 graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences was one of four commencement videos featured on the front page of YouTube.com recently, resulting in great exposure for UT Knoxville.
For Jennifer Willis, a graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences, Commencement was particularly bittersweet. Though she was surrounded by family and friends, one important person was missing from the audience: her father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Willis. What Jennifer didn’t know was that her father’s chain of command approved his request to start his leave early so he could see her graduate in person.
UT Knoxville will give East Tennessee native and acclaimed musician Dolly Parton an honorary doctorate degree during the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony, 9 a.m. Friday, May 8, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Graduates and their guests are expected to fill the arena to capacity.