Excitement and pride for graduates as UT Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies begin

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – It’s an exciting time for families as they watch their graduates walk across the stage to accept their diploma. The University of Tennessee Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies starting on Wednesday and will run through Saturday.

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“It was a long haul but we did it,” said Alyssa Lindsey, a Material Science and Engineering graduate.

Senior after senior walked across the stage on Thursday to receive their diploma and become a graduate of UT.

“My dad actually graduated in ’89 so he’s super super happy about this,” added Lindsey.

“The stuff that I’ve learned with my four years here at UT, nobody could ever take that away from me,” added Mary Hall, an Animal Science graduate.

With this big accomplisment, graduates have plans on changing the world.

“Eventualy I would like to work in an industry with biomedical devices,” said Lindsey.

“So I’m going to go home for the summer and work at my local vet and then I’ll be going to vet school in Ross which is in the Carribbean,” added Hall.

“It’s great. It’s a great feeling. I’ll be working for NASA once I leave here. I’ll be starting Tuesday after Memorial Day doing industrial safety engineering,” said Wilbert Wheeler, a Chemical Engineering graduate.

These Vols for life say they’re leaving with memories and hope for what’s next.

“Today during graduation they actually spoke about that they said focus on getting a job that you have a purpose with and don’t focus on the finances,” said Hall.

UT saying for the Spring 2019 commencement, they’re awarding 4,228 degrees.

If you plan on attending one of the ceremonies, UT says:

  • Graduates and their guests can park for free in student parking areas throughout the campus but avoid parking in staff lots.
  • Guests may carry one clear plastic bag, no larger than 12-inches by 6-inches by 12-inches.
  • Metal detectors will be in place.
  • Everyone should come early and prepare for more time getting into the arena.

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