Fall Commencement 2016

Join us for our Fall ceremony!


Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate ceremony for Haslam College of Business will occur on Friday, December 9th, at 4:00 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena. The procession will start at 3:45 p.m. Students who would like to attend the ceremony should visit the registrar's office on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to pick up a ticket.

Graduate Students

The Haslam College of Business will hold its graduate hooding ceremony, including all masters and doctoral degrees, on Friday, December 9th at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Executive MBA degrees will be conferred Friday, December 9th at 9 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Ralph D. Heath, president of Lockheed Martin, will be the commencement speaker. For more information about the hooding ceremony, please click here.

Students, families, and friends unable to attend the ceremony may watch it via webcast.

All graduation ceremonies take place in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena. 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/

General Information

Students should visit the Graduation Website and One Stop to make sure they have completed all steps to graduation and are aware of all deadlines.
No tickets are required for the event. The best seating for parents/family is in sections 103-105 and 121-123, as the stage will be located at the west end of the arena. Guests are not allowed on the arena floor during the ceremony.
No one will be allowed to participate if they are not wearing a gown and cap with tassel. Recommended attire for men is a dress shirt, tie, dress trousers and dress shoes. Professional attire is recommended for women as well, with dark dress shoes and gown collar.

Caps and gowns may be purchased through the UT Bookstore. Contact the bookstore for additional information at 865-946-BOOK or email.
A professional photographer will capture two photographs of each student as they receive their diploma.
Students can locate their graduation photos online by visiting http://www.gradimages.com/universityoftennessee.

Commencement Speaker

Ralph Heath

Graduate Speaker

Ralph D. Heath is a recognized leader in the Aerospace Industry. During his 37-year career at Lockheed Martin, he held a wide range of positions in design, development, production, and sustainment. For seven years, he headed the Aeronautics Company, a $14 billion business with 26,000 employees at nine locations. Products included the F-16, F-22, and F-35 fighters, as well as the C-130 and C-5 transports, and both manned and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. He was a leader in international business, personally engaging in more than 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and the Pacific Rim. Mr. Heath led the transition into process-based management and headed the task of combining three heritage companies into the single Aeronautics Company that exists today. He was an agent of change throughout his career. Mr. Heath is a member of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Board, and serves on the advisory boards of the University of Tennessee Colleges of Engineering and Business. He also chairs two 501(c)(3) non-profit foundations. He is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and was recipient of the 2005 Reed Aerospace Award. He was named the National Management Association Executive of the Year in 2007. An Army veteran, Mr. Heath served nearly four years on active duty and was qualified as an airborne ranger. He holds bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering and master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Tennessee, as well as an FAA commercial pilot’s license.


Undergraduate Contact

Dwight Stooksbury

Graduate Contact

Catherine Cox

453 Haslam Business Building, Knoxville, TN 37996 - 4140
Phone: 865-974-5061, Fax: 865-974-1766, Email: haslam@utk.edu