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Honorary Degree Recipients

Ken Lowe
College of Communication & Information

Ken Lowe

Ken Lowe is chairman of the board, president, and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading global lifestyle media provider for television, the internet, and other media platforms. Previously, he was president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company from 2000 until 2008, when Scripps Networks Interactive became a separate, publicly traded company.

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Harrison Hagan Schmitt
College of Arts & Sciences

Senator Harrison SchmittHarrison Hagan Schmitt flew in space as Apollo 17’s lunar module pilot, landing in the moon’s Valley of Taurus-Littrow, December 11, 1972. He is the only scientist and the last of 12 men to step on the moon. He was later elected to represent New Mexico in the United States Senate in 1976, where he served until 1982. Schmitt authored Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Exploration of Space and has published numerous scientific and public policy papers since 1964.

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Philip Bredesen
The Graduate School

Photo of Phil BredesenDuring his eight years as Tennessee’s 48th governor, Phil Bredesen led efforts that improved education, health care, and economic development. Bredesen began the state-funded Governor’s Chairs program, which has attracted 15 renowned scholars and researchers to joint appointments at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was also instrumental in creating UT’s Energy Science and Engineering doctoral program, which is housed in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

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