Fall Commencement 2016 News

Grad Kept Her Head in the Game Despite Personal Woes

Illness and tragedy sidelined senior Diamond Rayborn for a while, but the 23-year-old Memphis native managed to stay focused on her goal. Rayborn will graduate on Friday with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a collateral in international business from the Haslam College of Business.

Grad Came to UT after Earthquake Rocked His Haitian Home

Colby Dorcely is graduating from UT’s Haslam College of Business with a major in supply chain management. The native of Haiti came to UT for study following a 2010 earthquake that devastated his home country.

Suspense Author to Graduate from UT Forensic Odontology Program

Alana Joy Scudiere has written about crimes and mysteries for years, but she will soon have a hand in solving them. A published suspense novelist, she is one of the first three graduates of the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Human Identification program.

Grad Follows Heart to New Career Path

Tracy McBroom Tramel became a student at UT at just 16 years old and graduated at 20 with a degree in broadcasting in 1997. Nearly 20 years later, she’s graduating again, this time as a nurse practitioner. She’ll graduate from the UT College of Nursing on December 8.

From Poverty to Prosperity: Nursing Grad to Deliver Commencement Speech

Chisa Huffman was six years old when she fell in love with nursing after a traumatic domestic violence incident sent her mother to the hospital. “The nurse was so good with my mom and comforted me,” said Huffman. “She knew what I wanted without me saying anything. She brought me crayons and paper and let me color. I fell in love with her and thought she was an angel.” On December 8, Huffman will share her story as the commencement speaker at UT’s graduate hooding ceremony at 7 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT Graduation Ceremonies Set for December 8 and 9

Graduate hooding will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, and undergraduate commencement will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Both events will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena. The university will award 1,136 undergraduate degrees, 661 graduate degrees, and six law degrees. Also during the undergraduate ceremony ROTC cadets will be commissioned.