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Spring 2009 Commencement

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Video Highlights: Dolly Parton Receives Honorary Doctorate


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Entertainment legend, philanthropist and East Tennessee native Dolly Parton was honored today with only the second honorary degree granted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The degree, a doctorate of humane and musical letters, was given at the commencement ceremony for the UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences. More than 12,000 were in attendance for the event, at which Parton shared both songs and wisdom with the graduates and their families.

Video Highlights

Dolly Parton - Click to view video and read her address

Dolly Parton delivers the commencement address to the 2009 class from the College of Arts and Sciences

Sgt. Willis

A surprise reunion between a father and his daughter.

Click to see Dolly Parton perform Rocky Top

Gov. Bredesen introduces Dolly Parton, who takes the stage singing "Rocky Top"

Click to see Dolly Parton receive her honorary doctorate

UT awards Dolly Parton an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters

Watch Dolly Parton perform 'Try'

Dolly Parton performs a special version of "Try" for UT's graduates