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Spring 2009 Commencement

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Kickoff to Commencement with Sister Hazel, a free celebration

Kickoff to Commencement

Kickoff to Commencement is set for Tuesday, May 5, at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is held to honor all spring and summer graduates and officially begins the week of commencement ceremonies and activities.

A committee of students and staff has been working diligently to plan this event so that it will be fun for all graduates, families and friends.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. at the Torchbearer with the Aloha Oe ceremony, which is planned by the Student Government Association. The candlelight ceremony for seniors signifies their continuing journey and reminds them of their pledge to serve the university and their community. All graduates are encouraged to participate in this meaningful ceremony.

Note: Due to the additional rain in the forecast for this afternoon and evening, the Aloha Oe ceremony for graduates scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Torchbearer has been cancelled.

All other Kickoff to Commencement events, including the concert by Sister Hazel, will occur as planned, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena.

After the ceremony, the program and concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arena. Food will be provided for the graduates.  Concession vendors will be open for families and other guests.   After a short program, Sister Hazel will perform.

We hope you'll make plans to attend this special event and honor our 2009 graduates.
For additional information, please contact Beth Gladden at 974-9008 or beth.gladden@tennessee.edu.

Kickoff Events

  • 6:00 p.m. - Aloha Oe
  • 7:00 p.m. - Sister Hazel Performance

Sister Hazel

Torchbearer Statue
Aloha Oe is a companion to Torch Night