On a whim during her sophomore year, Payton Miller painted the Rock. Approximately 1,050 cans of spray paint, 300 hours of work, and 30 paintings later, the senior took her final bow as the unofficial painter of the Rock.
Spring Commencement 2017 News
As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin has found success—and solace—drawing on his five years as a medic with the third infantry division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, has won awards for his poetry and had his work published several journals and an anthology. His thesis is a compilation of war poems.
Holly Chamberlin has navigated personal angst on her road to graduation, but this week the 26-year-old’s perseverance pays off: she is graduating with a master’s degree in special education from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
If you’ve been to a basketball game at UT, you probably know Trennie Williams. He’s gained fame as a superfan and the character VOLstarterman. But underneath the mask and cape, Williams—who graduates this week—is a well-rounded Volunteer.
More than 3,000 UT seniors will embark on a new journey after they graduate next week. Many will begin their first post-college jobs, while others will take internships or fellowships or attend graduate school in the fall. UT’s Center for Career Development aims to reach all undergraduates early in their college careers to help them achieve their goals after graduation.
Eric Moore began losing his hearing at age 10. A few years later, as a high school sophomore, he served as a teacher’s aide for children with visual impairments and intellectual disabilities.
More than 4,000 students, including 3,038 undergraduates, 805 graduate, 96 law, and 82 veterinary medicine students, will participate in commencement ceremonies next week at UT.
Eight UT students—the largest number to date—have been offered prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017–18 academic year to study and teach in cities around the globe.
wo days after Troy Galyon graduates from UT, he will embark on a 2,200-mile journey along the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment. This journey is a personal one for the 22-year-old Maryville native. His father was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer last fall and is in the middle of chemotherapy treatments.
An Apollo 17 astronaut, Tennessee’s 48th governor and the founder of HGTV will receive honorary degrees from UT this spring.