The undergraduate ceremony for the Haslam College of Business is set for Thursday, May 10, 2018, Thompson-Boling Arena. There will be no procession. The ceremony begins at 12 p.m. Reception in the Haslam Business Building Atrium immediately following each ceremony. For more information visit http://registrar.utk.edu/graduation.shtml
The Haslam College of Business will hold its graduate hooding ceremonies on Wednesday, May 9 in the Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. No RSVP required. Scott Niswonger will be the commencement speaker. A reception in the Haslam Business Building Atrium will immediately follow the ceremony.
The University graduate hooding ceremony will be held Thursday, May 10, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena at 7:00 p.m.. Students, families, and friends unable to attend the ceremony may watch it via webcast. No tickets are required to attend graduation. All graduates must arrive at least one hour before their ceremony begins.
Graduates and their guests may park free in university student parking areas throughout the campus. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. For an online parking map go to: http://www.utk.edu/maps/
Haslam’s graduate hooding ceremony on December 15 will be live streamed from the Alumni Memorial Building.
Please tag or @ the Haslam College of Business in your commencement memories on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This year’s hashtag is #utgrad2017.
Guests will be allowed to enter the arena with one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Learn More
Scott Niswonger was born in Van Wert, Ohio where he learned to fly, soloing on his 16th birthday. During his aviation career, he has flown everything from J-3 Cubs to the Boeing 747. He currently enjoys flying his Gulfstream IV and his aerobatic Navy T-34 trainer.
He is a graduate from Purdue University with a degree in Aviation Technology and was awarded a Doctorate of Technology in 2004. In addition, Mr. Niswonger earned a BSBA from Tusculum College in 1986 and later was honored with a Doctorate of Human Letters in 2006.
After graduation from Purdue University, Mr. Niswonger moved to Greeneville, Tennessee as the corporate pilot for the president of The Magnavox Company. In 1973, Niswonger started a cargo airline, General Aviation, Inc. After selling General Aviation he became the Vice President of North American Operations for Flying Tiger Lines – a military contractor and global cargo airline. He later co-founded a second transportation company, Landair Services, with an initial investment of $2,000; and in 1990 formed Forward Air Corporation. Those companies today have annual sales of over $1 billion. It’s impressive to note that he founded the first two companies to ever be taken public in Greene County’s 233 year history. Niswonger currently serves as Executive Chairman of Landair Transport, Inc. and Chairman Emeritus of Forward Air Corporation(NYSE:FWRD). He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE: FHN), the parent of First Tennessee Bank, a $40 billion financial services company. He is the Chairman of East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees and a 30 year Trustee of Tusculum College. At Purdue University he is a member of the Presidents Executive Council, Deans Council for Purdue University Polytechnic Institute and Chairman of Purdue Aviation.
He is especially proud of The Niswonger Educational Foundation that he established in 2001 to create opportunities for individual and regional growth through educational programs, scholarships, and other charitable activities. This educational operating foundation currently has 20 scholars in universities across America and 67 alumni. The Foundation has an annual program budget of more than $3 million.
Niswonger is the lead benefactor for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which is home to one of only eight St. Jude Affiliate Clinics in the world.