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College of Nursing May 2016 Commencement Information

The College of Nursing will hold its commencement ceremony and graduation reception for spring and summer 2016 graduates Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

Nursing students planning to attend commencement MUST make a reservation by completing the RSVP form by Friday, April 15, 2016 by clicking here.

Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal for undergraduate nursing students: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00-11:00 am at Thompson-Boling Arena. You will receive important information regarding commencement registration, seating, photography, and other ceremony proceedings. Commencement practice will last approximately one hour. A group photo will be taken immediately after rehearsal. Please bring your cap and gown for the group photo (we will provide masks and gloves!).

You may also reference The University of Tennessee Graduation page.
Cap & Gown (All graduates)
Graduates are responsible for purchasing caps and gowns through the VolShop, located in the University Center.
Master and Doctoral Hood (MSN, PhD, DNP)
MSN, PhD, and DNP graduates are responsible for purchasing hoods through the VolShop.
Nursing Pin (BSN)
During commencement, BSN graduates will be pinned with an orange ribbon as they walk across the stage. If you would like to purchase a UT nursing pin, you may bring it to commencement for pinning. Please note that purchasing a UT nursing pin is optional. Pins can be purchased through the VolShop.
Stole & Honor Cord (BSN)
Stoles can be purchased and worn by any BSN graduate, regardless of GPA. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to purchase honor cords through the College of Nursing.

  • Stoles: $25
  • Honor Cord: $12/cord
Cash or check only. Checks must be made out to The University of Tennessee.
Contact Information
For more information, please contact:

Emily Kissel
College of Nursing Commencement Coordinator

College of Nursing

Commencement Ceremony Information 2016

Ceremony Information

Friday, May 13, 2016 12:30pm

Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Arrival Time
Graduates must arrive at the Thompson Boling Arena and be fully gowned by 12:00 p.m. Please allow sufficient travel time. The College of Nursing may not be able to accommodate students arriving after 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will last approximately sixty minutes.
Commencement will be held in the Thompson Boling Arena. Students will register and assemble in the Ray Mears Room which is located on the Arena floor level just behind the stage.  The closest Arena entrances to the Ray Mears Room are located under Pratt Pavilion.
Personal Items                                           
Personal items and/or valuables should not be brought to or left unattended at the commencement ceremony. All cell phones must be turned off or set to silent mode as soon as you enter the seating area. Please refrain from cell phone use before and during the ceremony.
Guest Seating                                               
The facilities will open one hour before the ceremony begins. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language for hearing impaired guests will be available. General wheelchair-accessible seating will be available throughout the arena. Please note that neither the College nor the University supply wheelchairs to guests. No tickets are required for the ceremony and guests do not need to register
Graduate Check-In                                           
All graduates must check-in at the table located just outside of the Ray Mears Room. You will receive an index card with your name. Do not lose this card. You must give the card to the designated reader who will announce your name as you cross the stage.

Graduate Processional
After registering and receiving your index card, you will be directed to be seated on the arena floor. Once inside the Arena, ushers will prompt you when you should rise and move toward the stage.

Once on stage, hand your index card to the reader and proceed to accept congratulations from your department head and dean of the college.
As a courtesy to all in attendance, please have your guests refrain from advancing to the front of the stage to take photos as you are walking across. A professional photographer will be taking photos as you shake hands with the dean on stage. There will be another photographer as you leave the stage that will take your photograph alone.
After you have your photograph taken, return to your designated seating area and remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. Do not leave any personal items or valuables unattended at any time during the ceremony. Once the ceremony has been adjourned, you may meet your guests and make your way to the reception in Circle Park.

Reception Information                                       
A reception for Nursing graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the commencement ceremony under the large tents in Circle Park. Refreshments will be served.
Directions & Parking                                         
Located on the main UT-Knoxville campus, Thompson Boling Arena is easily accessible from any direction. The arena is located at the corner of Philip Fulmer Way and Lake Loudon Boulevard.

Free parking is available at UT's Neyland Parking Garage G-10, next door to Thompson Boling Arena.

Please note that Thompson Boling Arena is quite large, and the distances and inclines between parking and the building entrance may be impediments to persons who have difficulty walking. Please plan on additional time to walk these distances.

Disability Accommodations
The University of Tennessee encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you are a graduating student with a disability, please fill in the appropriate section on the RSVP link when submitting, to make arrangements prior to the ceremony. For more information for graduates and guests, please visit the Disability Accommodations webpage through the University’s Registrar.


Question: How can my commencement guest(s) enter Thompson-Boling Arena if they are mobility impaired?
Answer: Graduates and guests with disabilities who enter the arena from Phillip Fulmer Way may use an elevator located inside the double-door entrance of McAlister’s Deli. Guests should take the elevator to the third floor to access the concourse level seating area; graduating students should take the elevator to the ground floor to access the reserved seating area for graduates.

Question: Where can my commencement guest(s) park near Thompson-Boling Arena if they are mobility impaired
Answer: Graduates and guests with disabilities who wish to park near the arena would be best accommodated in the following areas: The Neyland Parking Garage (G-10) has forty spaces reserved for disabled parking and is adjacent to the arena. Persons requiring the use of a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns may best access the arena via a bridge on the top level of the garage (accessible by an elevator to guests parked on other levels). Graduates with a physical disability who access the arena via this bridge should take the elevator by section 110 to access the reserved seating area for graduates on the ground floor.

Question: I made a mistake on my RSVP form--how can I correct it?
Answer: If you made any errors in your RSVP form, you can resubmit it. Please resubmit all information again and contact Emily Kissel ( or 865-974-2755) to let her know.

Additional Information                                       
For more information regarding graduation, commencement, and travel, please visit:
Contact Information
For more information, please contact:

Emily Kissel
College of Nursing Commencement Coordinator


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