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Spring 2009 Commencement

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Video Highlights: Dolly Parton Performs "Try" for UT Graduates

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Dolly Parton performs a special version of her hit "Try" for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

At the ceremony, Parton was honored with an honorary degree, a doctorate of humane and musical letters.

"Ms. Parton is uniquely distinguished and qualified to receive the highest honor we as a university can offer to a member of the public," said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. "Because of her career not just as a musician and entertainer, but for her role as a cultural ambassador, philanthropist and lifelong advocate for education, it is fitting that she be honored with an honorary degree from the flagship educational institution of her home state."

 

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