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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Spring semester top graduates at the University of Tennessee include eight Knox County students.

They are Karen Denise Denton, Karen M. Dorn, Kristen Nicole Franks, Matthew Benjamin Matteson, Timothy Robert Reuscher, Scott Nixon and Keith Townsend, all of Knoxville; and Carolyn Gardner Buttram of Heiskell.

Top graduates have the highest grade-point averages in their colleges.

UT-Knoxville’s spring graduation is at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Arena. The speaker is Paula Kaufman, UT-Knoxville dean of libraries and professor.

Nixon, a philosophy major; Dorn, a psychology major; Franks, a College Scholars major; Buttram, a speech communication major; and Townsend, a political science major are top graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Matteson is the top graduate in the College of Architecture and Planning. Denton is the College of Social Work’s top scholar and Reuscher is the honor graduate in the College of Business Administration.

Other top graduates their colleges, majors and hometowns are:

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources — Melinda Weadock Coe, ornamental horticulture and landscape design, Germantown; Robert Mitchell Ingram, agricultural education, Madisonville; and Fred Henry Moody III, agricultural engineering, Bryson City, N.C.

College of Arts and Sciences — Francine H. Clinton, speech pathology, Jacksboro; Richard Ethan Pride, biology, Nashville; Joseph Brant Judkins, academic pyschology, Oak Ridge; and Xiaoqin Lucy Lu, Tamarac, Fla., Lloyd Adam Taylor, Radford, Va., Derek Christopher Welch, Hermitage, College Scholars.

College of Communications — Erin Marie Sullivan, advertising, Talbott.

College of Education — Amy LeAnn Denney, special education, Lebanon.

College of Engineering — Laura Lee Trentham, chemical engineering, Martin; Richard Kimbrough Holman, materials science and engineering, Nashville.

College of Human Ecology — Heather Langley Palmer, child and family studies, Rock Hill, S.C.

College of Law — Angela Kay Humphreys, Limestone, Tenn.

College of Nursing — Robin Lee Asay, Hermitage; Stephanie Lynn Cooke, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; and Deborah Gardner O’Hay, Memphis.

College of Veterinary Medicine — Janet Dorte Lewis, Brentwood, Tenn.


Contact: Alfred Crews (423-974-2101)