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KNOXVILLE — James A. Haslam II, founder and chairman of Pilot Corp., will be the featured speaker at the University of Tennessee spring commencement May 12.

Jim Haslam II

James A. Haslam II

Degrees will be awarded to approximately 2300 undergraduates and 1000 graduate students at 9 a.m. in Thompson-Boling arena.

Haslam, a member of the UT board of trustees, is a 1952 graduate of the UT College of Business Administration. He was a starting tackle on the Vol football team that won the 1951 national championship and was team captain the following year.

He serves in leadership roles in many other community agencies, such as the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Knoxville, United Way, Tennessee Business Roundtable, AmSouth Bancorporation, and University Health System.

Pilot currently operates 46 convenience stores and 132 Travel Centers in 37 states. Annual sales for 2000 are expected to be in excess of $2.5 billion.

A breakdown of the degrees to be awarded at commencement shows: agriculture, 109; architecture, 66; arts and sciences, 926; business, 326; communications, 133; education, 86; engineering, 199; human ecology, 137; nursing, 120; social work, 34; law, 158; veterinary medicine, 38; master’s, 891; doctoral, 114; education specialist, 11.