2 Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled For UTC

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will hold two commencement ceremonies, dividing graduates based upon their colleges. Both ceremonies will be held Saturday, in the UTC McKenzie Arena.

“Because of the sheer number of graduates we have, and to ensure a good environment for the families who attend, and to make sure we have ample space for the graduates and their families, this year we’ll be dividing the commencements,” said Provost Jerald Ainsworth.

Approximately 822 students will graduate on Dec. 14 - 660 undergraduates and 160 graduate and doctoral students.

At 9 a.m., graduates from the College of Business and the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies will walk across the stage. At 2 p.m., students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science will graduate. Candidates for master's, specialists, and doctoral degrees from the UTC Graduate School will participate in the ceremony of their college of discipline. Each ceremony can be viewed live online.  The 9 a.m. commencement ceremony can be viewed here  and the 2 p.m. ceremony can be viewed here.

Each ceremony will accommodate approximately half the total number of graduates, so the time for each ceremony will be shorter than when all of the graduates participated in one ceremony.

“The length of time got to be very long so that it was not the best ceremony for all of the graduates. We want it to be a celebration, but also to maintain the dignity we want it to have. We felt like the better option was to have two ceremonies so that we can still maintain the same kind of commencement we’ve had in the past where the students walk across the stage and we announce their names,” said Mr. Ainsworth.

UTC is dedicated to making commencement a ceremony that best honors those who are graduating and best accommodates their friends and families who are there to recognize their accomplishments.

“We want to make sure we anticipate growth. We also appreciate feedback. We want to know what worked, what didn’t work, what we need to do differently to make it flow better, and how to make it more timely. What was the experience like? What we’re trying to do is make it the best and richest ceremony for everybody who’s there. We try to improve it every time,” said Mr. Ainsworth.



Cleveland State Debate Team Brings Home Awards

The Cleveland State Debate Team has something to smile about. The team just returned from two tournaments with three trophies! The team recently attended the Smoky Mountain Debate Tournament at Walter’s State Community College where Team Captain Alex Olive won fourth   place in the Novice Speaker Awards competition in a field of over 100 students. The team also attended the ... (click for more)

Mission: Remission Presents Students Opportunity For Remembrance, Awareness

For this year’s sixth annual cancer awareness fundraiser, Mission: Remission, GPS and McCallie students convened on McCallie’s campus to honor those affected by cancer. GPS Student Council President Blythe May introduced the student speakers of the event: Charlotte Vance, Max Ransom, and Ryan Crump.  Charlotte spoke from personal experience about her battle with childhood ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain To Hold Public Meetings On Idea Of Setting Up Own School System

Discussion about follow-up public meetings regarding the Signal Mountain School System Viability Committee (SMSSVC) report dominated the council’s work session on Friday afternoon. Council member Dan Landrum’s opinion about how to proceed differed from the other four council members. Mr. Landrum argued to end the study and to hold no public meetings. His reason was that of the 738 ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Wanted

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Bill Pennington, a sports writer for the New York Times, was lamenting the “huddle” is slowly disappearing in football due to the faster pace of the game and, during his search for more information, he called former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. Bill wrote that Joe couldn’t stop laughing about the funny things that would happen between plays. Joe told this story: ... (click for more)