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.
Graduate School News
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 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.
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.
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.
Even during challenging economic times, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is making progress on key strategic goals by adding as many as 77 new graduate assistantships and fellowships in just this past year.
The UT Knoxville graduate school will recognize some of its most outstanding students this week. More than 50 graduate students have received fellowships based on their research work. The students will be honored at a lunch Thursday, Oct. 1. The fellowship program promotes recruitment of excellent scholars to graduate programs.