Spring Commencement 2017

Join us for spring ceremonies!


Undergraduate Ceremony

The undergraduate ceremony for the Haslam College of Business is set for Saturday, May 13, at Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena. There will be no procession. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Charles C. Anderson, Jr., CEO of Anderson Media Corp., will give the commencement address.

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Haslam Graduate Ceremony

The Haslam College of Business will hold its graduate hooding ceremony, including all masters and doctoral degrees, on Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building. Karen M. Bowling, partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, will be the commencement speaker. No RSVP required.

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University Graduate Ceremony

The University graduate hooding ceremony will be held Thursday, May 11, in Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena. Michelle Harding will be the commencement speaker. 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.

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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/

Watch and Be Social

All ceremonies taking place at Thompson-Boling Arena will be live-streamed. Both captioned and non-captioned versions will be offered.

Haslam’s graduate hooding ceremony on May 10 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.

Security - Clear Bag Policy

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

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 Speakers

Charles Anderson

Charles C. Anderson

Undergraduate Speaker

Charles C. Anderson, Jr. is CEO of Anderson Media Corporation, which operates Magazines.com, Media Solutions, Full Circle Music Publishing, KA Display Solutions, and Anderson Merchandisers—the nation's largest distributor and merchandiser of consumer magazines, books, and pre-recorded music.

From the seeds Charlie's grandfather, Clyde, sowed for Anderson Companies when he opened a newsstand in Florence, Alabama, in 1917, the now-national multimedia entertainment company continues to flourish with Anderson at the helm.

Anderson learned the business by watching his own father, Charles Anderson, Sr., who transformed the retail newsstand into next-generation bookstores—first in malls and later into the supercenter chain Books-AMillion. Their wholesale book and magazine operations grew as they supplied their own retail ventures and expanded into fast-growing southern territories. At fourteen, Anderson worked in a warehouse loading trucks; at sixteen, he was making deliveries across the Southeast; by nineteen, he was on the road selling fireworks.

Recruited to play football at UT, Anderson received his degree in business administration with a major in marketing, and at twenty-one he joined the family business as a general manager with an annual salary of $14,000 and a promised bonus if certain goals were achieved.Anderson says the University of Tennessee provided him with the business insight to help change his company from a small magazine distributor to a national multimedia entertainment company with more than 4,000 employees.

Today, he continues to be an active leader for UT. He serves on the UT Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for UT Athletics. He and his family have been incredibly generous in the establishment of the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Moll Anderson Scholarship—an endowed scholarship for single parents. They have also provided a significant investment in the new state-ofthe- art Anderson Training Center, home to the Volunteer football program.

Karen Bowling

Karen M. Bowling

Graduate Speaker

Karen M. Bowling is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and primarily operates in the power and utilities practice of the firm’s Atlanta office. She is also a current member of the board of directors of the Atlanta chapter of the Women’s Energy Network. Prior to her roles in Atlanta, Karen worked in Deloitte’s Charlotte office and also was a partner in Deloitte’s National Professional Practice Office in Connecticut. While in the Professional Practice Office, she served as a liaison to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and was involved in all aspects of the PCAOB’s inspection of Deloitte & Touche LLP, including inspections of audit engagements and firm-wide quality control activities. She also developed and reviewed firm communications, practice aids, tools, and policies related to the regulatory environment, developments in audit quality, and various inspection matters.

Karen has led audit engagements that have included acquisitions of renewable energy facilities; accounting for the impacts of regulatory actions; international business combinations; carve-outs; public and private secondary debt offerings; investments in joint ventures; and the coordination of global auditing and reporting activities and the associated multi-location testing of internal control over financial reporting. She also has experience in accounting for defined benefit plans, asset retirement obligations, impairment losses, employee severance costs, and bankruptcy accounting and reporting standards. In addition, Karen assisted the AICPA Task Force that rewrote the Airline Industry Accounting and Audit Guide issued in 2008 and she had an international assignment related to the US registration of a global energy and services conglomerate.

Karen is a certified public accountant in Georgia and a member of the AICPA. She started her career in public accounting in Atlanta with Arthur Andersen LLP and joined Deloitte in 2002. Karen is a frequent facilitator for local and national learning programs and is Deloitte’s lead recruiting partner at the University of Tennessee where she was a summa cum laude graduate of the Department of Accounting and Information Management (AIM). Karen is a member of AIM’s Accounting Advisory Roundtable and was honored in 2014 as the University’s Haslam College of Business Outstanding Young Alum. Karen resides in Louisville, TN with her husband, Mark, who is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is the Director of Bands at Karns Middle School in Knoxville.

Michelle Harding

Michelle Harding

Graduate Hooding Speaker

Michelle Harding came to UT after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Virginia and after gaining 10 years of industry experience. She will graduate in spring 2017 with a PhD in business administration with an accounting emphasis. She has already accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor of accounting at Virginia Tech University, starting in fall 2017.

Harding’s interests in tax disclosure and policy steered her to a dissertation entitled “The Impact of Increased Tax Return Reporting on Financial Statement Tax Disclosure Quality: Evidence from IRS Schedule UTP.” When she graduates, she will be the first African-American female to receive a PhD in accounting from UT. Being the only African-American PhD student in Haslam motivated Harding to help found UT’s Multicultural Graduate Student Organization (MGSO). The MGSO was created to help build community among UT’s diverse graduate student population and provide professional development opportunities that expose students to the wealth of resources available on campus. Harding feels that this has been her most important accomplishment at UT outside of successfully completing the doctoral program.

Harding credits many people in the Haslam College of Business as playing a critical role in her success. She lauds the influence and guidance of her dissertation chair LeAnn Luna, recognizes Robert Fuller for his role in encouraging her research pursuits, and speaks very highly of Linda Myers for providing an environment that gives PhD students equal access, rewards their effort, and celebrates their success. And she is optimistic about the direction of the college and supports its investment in authentic diversity, especially through the efforts of college administrators such as Tyvi Small and Dean Stephen Mangum.

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Michelle’s accomplishments extend beyond the classroom and beyond UT. She has traveled to four continents, and three of these visits were for short-term mission trips. She volunteers as a mentor in Knoxville and previously showed her volunteer spirit in Orlando and Nashville. She currently serves on the board of Girl Talk, Inc., where she has volunteered as an after-school mentor to girls in third through fifth grades at Green Magnet Elementary School.


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