Graduation day is a momentous occasion—a culmination of years of hard work, periods of struggle and a celebration of achievement. Imagine combining the day you graduate from college with a day of equal—or greater—magnitude: the day you become a US citizen.
Spring Commencement 2011 News
Thousands of graduates and their families and friends converged on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this week to celebrate spring commencement. More than 3,900 undergraduate students were eligible to participate in this week’s commencement ceremonies, which combined graduates from the spring and summer terms.
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.
In February 2010, a disgruntled teacher shot Inskip Elementary School Principal Elisa Luna and Assistant Principal Amy Brace. Brace recovered fully from a gunshot wound to the head, but Luna suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed in the incident. Despite this, both educators returned to their jobs at Inskip within six months. On May 12—only fifteen months after the shooting—Luna and Brace further demonstrated their dedication and perseverance when they received their doctorates in leadership studies in education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As the spring semester concludes, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin a series of commencement ceremonies and celebrations beginning Wednesday, May 11. More than 3,900 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees from UT Knoxville this spring.