College of Law


Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 10, 2018
3:30 p.m.
Thompson-Boling Arena

View the ceremony live through this link. View the closed-caption version via this link.

Speaker Information

The May 2018 distinguished guest speaker will be the Honorable Cheri Beasley, Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.


Thompson-Boling Arena is located at the corner of Neyland Drive and Lake Loudoun Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Enter the arena from the stairs entrance on Philip Fulmer Way. Proceed to the arena floor. Once inside, send your guests to their seats, then proceed directly to the Ray Mears Room.

Parking and Security

Parking will be available in university student parking areas throughout the campus. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. For a parking map online please go to: You may also refer to parking and pedestrian maps to get the most up to date information regarding road closures and construction.

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced at both ceremonies. Guests may 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, sized proportionately to its contents.
  • 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
  • Hoverboards
  • Segways
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Large travel strollers
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited inside the arena at all times.

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

Guest seating

No tickets or RSVPs are required for guests at the ceremony. Unlimited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The facilities will be opened one hour before the ceremony begins.

Seating for individuals with disabilities and their families will be available on the floor of Thompson Boling Arena in non-reserved rows. Wheelchairs will not be available at the Arena.


As a courtesy to all in attendance, guests should refrain from advancing to the front of the stage to take photos. A professional photographer will be taking photos of students on stage with the dean. Another photographer will photograph students individually as they leave the stage. After the ceremony, the dean and faculty will be available in the stage area for additional graduate and guest photo opportunities.


Additional Details for Graduates

Cap, gown, and hood

Only those students dressed in proper academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) will be allowed to participate. Graduates are responsible for ordering regalia through the UT Bookstore Graduation Supplies website. To order, click here or contact the Volshop graduation representative at 865-974-3459 for additional information.


Commencement will take place at the Thompson-Boling Arena and will begin at 3:30 p.m. All graduates must check in at the Ray Mears Room upon arrival no later than 2:30 p.m. and receive a name card. Students must have their name cards with them at all times until they reach the stage.

Students must silence all cell phones as soon as they enter the seating area. Cell phone use during the ceremony is prohibited. Any student suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will be subject to arrest and will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

Staging and hooding

Name cards provided to students in the Ray Mears Room will be used throughout the commencement ceremony. At the top of the stairs, students will hand name cards to the marshal and wait for their name to be announced, then proceed on stage to be hooded and congratulated by the dean.

Only students possessing a name card will be allowed to cross the stage.


After being hooded, students should return to their designated seating area and remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony. Once the ceremony has been adjourned, students may meet their guests and make their departure from the arena.

Representatives of the VolShop will be available in the Ray Mears Room in the Thompson Boling Arena to collect regalia.

Contact Teresa Peterson or Amber Turner in the Business Office, Suite 265, 865-974-4263, with any questions.