Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue
A group of four female graduates pose. Spring commencement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (College of Arts and Sciences ceremony). Photo by Steven Bridges

Ceremony Details

To the Class of 2020 and their families:

Commencement is one of the most special times of the year on our campus. It’s a milestone that every graduate and their family deserve to experience. Though the circumstances are very different this year and this isn’t the commencement we wanted to give you, we intend to recognize your outstanding achievements the best way we can until it’s possible for us to celebrate together in person on Rocky Top.

Between May 4 and 12, graduates will receive a congratulatory gift in the mail as a welcome to the alumni family. We hope you’ll share photos of you and your gift with us on social media using #UTGrad2020.

If we were in Thompson-Boling Arena celebrating your success, you would hear from College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa M. Lee, fellow graduate Kaylee Sheppard, and our featured commencement speaker, UT alum Conrad Ricamora. Instead, those remarks are available via a recorded video message on the UT commencement page beginning May 7. Slides highlighting each graduate are also available on this page.

May 9 at 9 a.m., the College of Arts and Sciences will be highlighted on UT’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (@UTKnoxville) at the time and date of its originally scheduled commencement ceremony.

Graduates, family, and friends can use these times to share messages of congratulations and thanks. We hope you’ll follow #UTGrad2020 and share photos of your family celebrations, decorated mortarboards, and graduation pictures.

We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to the time when we can congratulate you in person.