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Video: Fall Commencement 2012

UT alumnus Chad Holliday received an honorary doctorate in engineering during UT’s Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 15. Holliday also gave the commencement address, in which he urged graduates to value their degrees and stay connected to the university.

UT Awards Alumnus Chad Holliday Honorary Doctorate at Commencement

Chad Holliday receives honorary doctorate at UT's Fall 2012 Commencement Ceremony

UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.

Grad Story: Random Acts of Flowers Founder Earns EMBA, Expands Charity Nationally

Larsen Jay

For four years, Random Acts of Flowers has delivered smiles to the infirm in Knoxville’s hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices by surprising them with free repurposed bouquets. Larsen Jay, the nonprofit’s founder and executive director, wants to take the charity nationally. Through skills he’s learned at UT, he’s poised to do just that. Jay graduates today from UT’s Executive Master of Business Administration for Strategic Leadership program.

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.