Honorary Degree for Dolly Parton
UT awarded entertainment legend and philanthropist Dolly Parton an honorary doctorate during spring commencement in 2009. The university’s video of Parton singing “Rocky Top” for the graduates is one of our all-time most viewed clips on YouTube. Parton’s philanthropic work has centered on the importance of reading and education in the lives of children. She founded the Imagination Library in her native Sevier County, Tennessee, and it now serves children worldwide. Parton is a Grammy and Country Music Association award winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Grand Ole Opry.