Al Gore’s commencement address in 2010 and Dolly Parton’s in 2009 made a database of best commencement speeches compiled by NPR.
Dolly Parton News
In 2009, east Tennessee native Dolly Parton gave a memorable commencement address at UT that became a YouTube sensation. In her speech, Parton urged graduates to “dream more, learn more, care more, and do more.” Parton has turned that message into a new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.
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.
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.