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Herbert College of Agriculture Commencement: POSTPONED

Upcoming Celebrations

To the Class of 2020 and their families:

Commencement is one of the most special times of the year on our campus. And we know that it’s a milestone that each and every graduate and their families deserve to experience. Though the circumstances are very different this year and this isn’t the commencement we wanted to give you and your families, we intend to recognize your outstanding achievements the best way we can until it’s possible for us to be together on Rocky Top to celebrate in person.

We know that these experiences are not a replacement for your commencement experience and we don’t want them to be. We plan to celebrate you in person on campus as soon as we are able. Until then, we are looking forward to the day when you can cross the stage in person.

May 4-12

Spring 2020 graduates will receive a congratulatory gift in the mail as a welcome to the alumni family of more than 250,000 Vols worldwide. We hope you’ll share photos of you and your gift with us on social media using #UTGrad2020.

May 7

Each college will launch a special webpage to celebrate its graduates and will have a video message from its dean and other speakers. Each graduate will have a slide highlighting their degree and an audio recording of their name. These slides can be downloaded and kept or shared with family and friends on social media. The college pages are viewable at your convenience any time and will remain online for one year. Check back here on May 7 for links to all the webpages.

May 8

Each college will be highlighted on UT’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (@UTKnoxville) at the time and date of its originally scheduled commencement ceremony. The Herbert College of Agriculture will be highlighted at 3:30 p.m. EST on May 8th. Graduates, family, and friends can use these times to share messages of congratulations and thanks. I hope you’ll follow #UTGrad2020 and share photos of your family celebrations, decorated mortarboards, and graduation pictures.

Students, Have you submitted your RSVP?
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Students must RSVP with the Herbert College of Agriculture to attend the commencement ceremony.
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Steps to your Undergraduate Graduation.
Achievement pins and a gift for you!
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Complete your achievement pin application form and stop by the Morgan Hall 126 where our Dean's Office has a gift for graduates!


The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced at all ceremonies.

Clear Bag Policy

Guests will be allowed to enter the arena with one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

The only other items ALLOWED in the arena are:

  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches
  • Mobile phones
  • Binoculars, cameras and video cameras (without cases)
  • Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children (must be carried in a clear bag)
  • Medically necessary items that must be carried in a specific bag. The non-clear bag will need to sized proportionately to the size of the medical need.
  • Umbrella strollers

The following items ARE PROHIBITED inside the arena:

  • Non-clear bags of any size
  • Diaper bags
  • Backpacks (of any size)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cans, bottles, coolers
  • Outside food, snacks, beverages
  • Open umbrellas
  • Selfie sticks
  • Unmanned aircraft
  • Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and purses
  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Hover boards
  • Segways
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Large travel strollers
  • Posters and signage

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited in and on all university property including smoking in private vehicles when parked or operated on university property.

Walk-through metal detectors will be in place and operational at all arena entrances. Please allow additional time for entry.

For more information on the security policy and Thompson-Boling Arena building policies, contact the Thompson-Boling Arena management office at 865-974-0953.

Parking and Transportation

Possible travel delays may occur due to construction on and around our campus. It is recommended that you allow sufficient driving and parking time. Check our Cone Zone website for updates on project status, campus routes, and road closures.

During commencement exercises, the Parking and Transit Services Department will make free parking available for all graduates and their guests in student parking areas.

Student parking areas include:

  • G-10 Garage located next to Thompson Boling Arena (enter off Neyland Dr or Phillip Fulmer Way)
  • Any student surface parking lot that displays a sign with the letter “C” or “N” (e.g. C-6)
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the G-10 Parking Garage and in many other UT parking lots for visitors with a state-issued disability parking placard (tag) or plate. Ample accessible parking is available in the G-10 Garage, along with elevators and a bridge connecting the garage to the arena concourse.

Please be advised that parking in staff parking areas during commencement is prohibited.

Before, during, and after the ceremony, please tweet at us (as well as your departments, friends, and the world) using the hashtag #utgrad2020