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Graduates toss their mortar boards

We will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for our spring graduates in Thompson-Boling Arena in May. Congratulations graduates!


Upcoming Ceremonies

  • The spring graduate hooding ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. on May 20, and the undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be split into colleges over the weekend. All ceremonies will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • The university does not host a 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.

About the Spring 2022 Ceremonies

  • Ceremonies last approximately 2 hours.
  • Undergraduates from each college participate in separate ceremonies.
  • Professional photos will be taken by Big Orange Professional Photography (BOPP) during the ceremony.
  • Students cross an ADA-compliant ramp as their name is called.
  • Doctoral and professional students will be hooded during the graduate hooding ceremony.
  • Students pause on the ramp for a formal photo.
  • There are currently no plans to require tickets for guest entry. Graduates will be contacted if anything changes.
  • If you earned your undergraduate degree in a previous term and are wishing to participate in the spring ceremony, you must contact the Office of the University Registrar to request permission and provide justification. If you are a graduate student, please contact the Graduate School to request permission and provide justification.

We want to see your celebrations! Use #UTGrad2022 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

Web Cast.

Webcast

All ceremonies are webcast.

Questions?

For questions about degree requirements and diplomas, contact diplomas@utk.edu.

For questions about commencement registration and ceremony details, contact commencement@utk.edu.