Graduate School News

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner


Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Brothers Elected to Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Executive Committee


Ernest L. Brothers, assistant dean of the Graduate School, director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship, and adjunct assistant professor in political science, was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools at the organization’s annual meeting held February 20 through 23 in San Antonio, Texas.

UT Hosts Top Nuclear Engineering Students From Across US

Some of the best and brightest undergraduate students from around the United States gathered at UT recently for the chance to meet top experts in the field of nuclear engineering. The sessions gave prospective graduate students a chance to mingle with some of the biggest names in nuclear research and energy, including Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the UCOR facilities at the East Tennessee Research Park, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as with UT faculty and students.

Applications Due Monday for Graduate Teaching Certification Program

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School have collaborated to create the Graduate Teaching Certification Program. The deadline for applying to be part of the inaugural cohort is Monday, November 25. Applicants may download the online application and submit the completed form to Potential participants will be sent a departmental recommendation form. Both the application and the recommendation form must be completed and received by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Faculty Members Represent UT in Leadership Knoxville

Two UT faculty members are representing the university in Leadership Knoxville’s Class of 2014. Ernest Brothers, assistant dean of the Graduate School, and Victoria Niederhauser, professor and dean of the College of Nursing, are two of the forty-eight area leaders in this year’s class of accomplished professionals from an array of backgrounds. This is the thirtieth year of Leadership Knoxville, whose mission is to “…build a stronger Knoxville by developing people and groups, leading to a greater community.”

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

NIMBioS Hires Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement

Ernest Brothers

NIMBioS welcomes Ernest Brothers as associate director for diversity Enhancement, a newly created leadership role at NIMBioS. Brothers is an assistant dean in the Graduate School, overseeing the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship.

UT Knoxville to Award More than 600 Graduate Degrees

UT Knoxville will hold its annual fall graduate hooding ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 8, in Thompson-Boling Arena. A total of 607 graduate students will receive advanced degrees, including eighty-nine earning the doctor of philosophy degree, two specialists in education, 496 master’s degrees, and twenty graduate certificates. In addition, students will be recognized who earned degrees in the summer 2011 term. The ceremony will be webcast live.

Family Celebrates Three Brothers’ Graduations

Commencement is an exciting time for many families of UT Knoxville students. This year, one family is experiencing that excitement threefold. The McFarland family, from Nashville, has three sons graduating within a two-day span. Brothers Matthew, Patrick, and Thomas are receiving degrees during commencement ceremonies Thursday and today.

UT Opens Office to Help with Graduate Student Recruitment, Retention

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship has been created to help departments campuswide recruit and retain graduate students, as well as provide them with the very best academic experience and professional development possible. Part of the Graduate School, the office opened in February 2010 under the leadership of Ernest Brothers, assistant dean.