All graduating seniors are invited to attend Aloha Oe to celebrate their accomplishments. The ceremony will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, on the lawn in front of Ayres Hall.
The guest speaker will be Rick Kuhlman, University of Tennessee alumnus and director of Knoxville Fellows.
Graduating seniors should meet in the Alumni Memorial Building at 7:15 p.m. for cord pickup and processional lineup. In the event of rain, Aloha Oe will be held at the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center.
Aloha Oe is one of UT's senior traditions. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to symbolically receive the Torch of Service, pledging to serve both the university and their community as responsible and loyal alumni. Parents are welcome to attend.
The first Aloha Oe was held May 17, 1926, on Shields-Watkins Field. It was created to be the companion event to Torch Night, first held for our freshmen in 1925. The first Aloha Oe featured a muddy tug of war, female students dressed in grass skirts, and the strumming of ukuleles.
It has since become a more formal ceremony, but the purpose is the same: to give the graduating seniors a meaningful conclusion to their undergraduate years.
Tuesday, May 5
Ayres Hall lawn, on the Hill
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