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Dolly Parton received an honorary doctorate degree from UT in 2009, and gave the commencement address for the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 2009, east Tennessee native Dolly Parton gave a memorable commencement address at UT that became a YouTube sensation. In her speech, Parton urged graduates to “dream more, learn more, care more, and do more.” Parton has turned that message into a new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

Watch her commencement address below.


Parton appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to talk about how her commencement address became a book. Watch the interview and a musical performance here. She also was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and appeared on The Colbert Report.

Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You is now available in bookstores and online. All sales will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by offering free books to children in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.