Civil rights and social equality advocate Marian Wright Edelman urged graduates to do their part to make America “more just, more hopeful, more peaceful, more productive, inclusive, and unified.” Chancellor Cheek awarded Edelman an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters —the ninth honorary degree given by UT—at the College of Communication and Information commencement ceremony.
Spring Commencement 2015 News
From being a reporter at a newspaper in the country of Myanmar to teaching in an inner city school in Indianapolis to exploring their creativity through digital media, art, and theater, many of the students graduating this spring have plans that will make their mark on the world.
This week, the first nineteen students graduate from the Volunteer Bridge program, UT’s innovative dual-enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College.
Dakotah Brown is poised for takeoff with Remote Area Medical—a job that will allow him to blend his love of flying with his training in the law. Brown is a first-generation licensed pilot from Tellico Plains, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science UT in 2012, and he will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.
Two soon-to-be graduates of College of Law are a step closer to becoming judge advocates in the US Marine Corps. William Bateman, of Memphis, and Marc Napolitana, of Westford, Massachusetts, will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.
On Tuesday, May 5, nearly 600 soon-to-be graduates gathered on the lawn of Ayres Hall for the annual Aloha Oe ceremony.
An Alternative Break trip three years ago motivated one graduating senior to establish an organization that helps feed the hungry with food recovered from events and dining establishments at UT.
A temporary bout of hearing loss gave Lisa Tackett a taste of the struggles deaf and hard-of-hearing students experience daily in school.
This summer, the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering will see three of its own—Justine Barry, Carol Miselem, and Meghan Green—head to Houston to work in various roles at the Johnson Space Flight Center.
A social work graduate has played a big role in helping elementary school students in her community be better prepared for disasters and emergencies.