Although in-person commencement ceremonies in May had to be postponed for safety, UT will recognize graduates and their outstanding achievements over the next few weeks.
Students weren’t able to finish their semester on campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, but notable alumni and university supporters made sure they felt the Volunteer spirit.
The student-led weekly UT Today news program is produced by School of Journalism and Electronic Media lecturer Melissa Greene-Blye’s advanced multimedia reporting class.
Award recipients are typically celebrated during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet, canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards include the Macebearer and the Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence.
Torchbearers are seniors who embody the Volunteer spirit while demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to serving others.
Teams within the Office of Advancement are providing social engagement, key services, and virtual learning opportunities through a variety of channels to alumni, future Vols, and current students.
From the moment a student veteran arrives on campus until they cross the graduation stage, the Veterans Resource Center makes sure they’re able to demonstrate their extraordinary abilities. That spirit remains alive, even as the center closed its physical doors and transitioned its services online.
The Student Emergency Fund allows for limited time-sensitive emergency funding for University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.
“The chancellor talked to my dad—who didn’t actually go to UT but raised us as big Volunteer fans,” Mikayla Woltman said. “When I called the chancellor back, she was like, ‘I’ve been waiting for you! It’s so nice to hear from you.’”
“To lead the country in Goldwater Scholars is a tremendous achievement, a reflection of our nationally competitive undergraduates, and of course a credit to these five outstanding future STEM research leaders,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor David Manderscheid.
“Disability services are so strong at UT. The office really is awesome,” said Madison Allen, a second-year nuclear engineering student.
Lauren Akins, a 2012 nursing graduate, and her husband, country singer Thomas Rhett Akins, surprised 65 College of Nursing students during an online pharmacology class.