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.
Former College of Communication and Information dean Faye Julian, who retired in 2005, will be honored with the 2009 Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award on May 7 at the college’s spring commencement.