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A graduating UT student in academic regalia, mortar board with orange and white tassel, and an orange UT face mask with text Class of 2021

We held in-person commencement ceremonies for all our graduates in Neyland Stadium in early May. We added additional protocols so our graduates and their families could safely gather to celebrate this momentous day. Congratulations graduates!


Upcoming Ceremonies

  • There is no summer commencement ceremony. Summer graduates typically have the option to attend spring or fall ceremonies.
  • The “Official Graduation Date” refers to the date printed on one’s diploma, not necessarily the date of commencement.
  • The location and times for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 commencement ceremonies have not been determined at this time. Colleges will contact their graduates once details have been finalized.
  • The fall graduate hooding ceremony will take place on December 9, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be on December 10.

About the Spring Ceremonies

  • Ceremonies lasted approximately 2 hours.
  • Attendance was limited.
  • Recorded music was used.
  • Programs will be mailed to graduates at a later date.
  • In-person speakers and stage party members were limited. All seating on stage was assigned and socially distanced.
  • Students crossed an ADA-compliant ramp as their name was called. Students were distanced as they crossed the ramp.
  • There was no handshaking.
  • Doctoral and professional students were hooded by a college representative.
  • Students paused on the ramp for a formal photo. Masks could be removed temporarily for the photo.

We want to see your celebrations! Use #UTGrad2021 to share your decorated mortar boards, graduation photos, or family celebrations.

Ceremony Information

Directions to campus and ceremonies, parking details, and exiting procedures.

Find out what you need to know and watch online

Clear Bag.

Security Information

Large-event security protocol was enforced, including the clear bag policy.

Learn about the campus’s large-event security protocols

Health and Safety

We want to ensure that we have a healthy and safe commencement.

Learn about the special health requirements in place

Web Cast.

Webcast

All ceremonies were webcast.

Questions?

Contact commencement@utk.edu.