Commencement

Commencement at UT Law

Join us as we celebrate our graduates.

Commencement at UT Law

Join us as we celebrate our graduates.

Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony

View the live webcast here.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee Knoxville campus

The broadcast begins Friday, May 7 at 4 p.m. and features graduates of the College of Law and the College of Veterinary medicine.

Spring commencement is one of our favorite times at the College of Law as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Ceremonies will differ this year as the university works to adjust to the restrictions of COVID while celebrating our graduates. Learn more through the university’s commencement website. 

Location

Neyland Stadium is located at 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way in Knoxville.

Parking and Security

Graduate and guest parking is available in the G10 and G5 parking garages. Graduates should enter the venue at Gate 21A. Orange and white balloons will mark the entrance.

Guests should enter the stadium at Gate 21.

Guest seating

  • Tickets are required for all guests, regardless of age. Tickets ARE NOT required for graduate entry.
  • Graduates are responsible for distributing the tickets to their guests.
  • There will be no will-call window at the ceremony. If a guest cannot access their ticket, they should contact their graduate to get the link again.
  • Seating for each graduate’s group will be randomly assigned and socially distanced from other groups.

Graduate Entry

  • Face coverings are required at all times upon entry, exit, and while moving throughout the venue. Face coverings must not be offensive or vulgar.
  • Tickets are not required for graduate entry.
  • Graduates will enter the stadium at Gate 21A and take the ramp down to the field. Orange and white balloons will mark the entrance.
  • Doors will open for graduate entry 90 minutes before the ceremony start time.
  • On arrival, graduates will pick up their card at designated registration tables. The card will be used as the graduate crosses the stage.
  • Graduates will be directed to an assigned seat on the field. All seating is socially distanced.
  • Once they have checked in, graduates will be asked to remain in their assigned seats unless they need to use the restroom. Group photos will not be allowed on the field.

Guest Entry

  • Face coverings are required upon entry, exit, and while moving throughout the venue. Face coverings must not be offensive or vulgar.
  • Doors will open for guest entry 90 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. Gate 21 will be open for guest entry.
  • Tickets are required for guest entry, regardless of age.
  • Guests are asked to bring as little as possible inside the venue with them. This will speed up the entry procedure and reduce chances of lines. The university’s clear bag policy will be enforced. Metal detectors will be in place and guests will be screened on entry.
  • After entering the stadium, guests should proceed to their assigned seats.

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Face coverings are required at all times for graduates, guests, and staff upon entry, exit, and while moving throughout the venue.
  • All ceremonies are limited to 1,000 graduates.
  • Guest numbers are limited and tickets are required for all guests, regardless of age.
  • All graduate and guest seating is assigned and socially distanced.
  • All graduate check-in processes are contactless.
  • The graduate experience crossing the stage is contactless.
  • Reduced numbers of commencement staff will be present in the building. Staff members undergo a health screening before they begin work.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place:
    • During and in between ceremonies, all common spaces, including restrooms and touch points throughout the building, and all seating on the field will be cleaned.
    • All venue spaces and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned each night.

Security Information

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced. Guests will be required to pass through standing metal detectors upon entry, and may enter the arena with only 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
  • A clear sealed plastic bottle of water—concession stands will not be open

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.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time:
4 p.m.
Location:
Neyland Stadium

Spring commencement is one of our favorite times at the College of Law as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The information presented below is specific to UT Law. Learn more through the university’s commencement website. A webcast of the 2019 event is available through this link. 

Speaker Information

The distinguished guest speaker will be announced in February prior to commencement.

Location

Neyland Stadium is located at 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way in Knoxville.

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. Directions from various airports can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations

Visitors to the UT campus can find accommodations at a number of nearby hotels. Hotels highlighted here offer discounts to campus visitors. Please be advised that campus-wide events affect availability.

Parking and Security

Parking will be available in university student parking areas throughout the campus. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. A parking map is available online. 

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced. Guests will be required to pass through standing metal detectors upon entry, and may enter the arena with only 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.

Photography

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.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Tennessee encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Learn more about special accommodations.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time:
4 p.m.
Location:
Neyland Stadium

Spring commencement is one of our favorite times at the College of Law as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The information presented below is specific to UT Law. Learn more through the university’s commencement website. A webcast of the 2019 event is available through this link. 

Speaker Information

The distinguished guest speaker will be announced in February prior to commencement.

Location

Neyland Stadium is located at 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way in Knoxville.

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. Directions from various airports can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations

Visitors to the UT campus can find accommodations at a number of nearby hotels. Hotels highlighted here offer discounts to campus visitors. Please be advised that campus-wide events affect availability.

Parking and Security

Parking will be available in university student parking areas throughout the campus. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. A parking map is available online. 

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced. Guests will be required to pass through standing metal detectors upon entry, and may enter the arena with only 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.

Photography

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.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Tennessee encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Learn more about special accommodations.

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 call the Graduation Counter at 974-3459. Please contact the Volshop’s Graduate Counter (865-974-3459) for additional information.

Arrival

Commencement will take place at the Thompson-Boling Arena and will begin at noon. All graduates must check in at the Ray Mears Room upon arrival no later than 11 a.m.. and receive a name card. Students must have their name cards with them at all times until they reach the stage.

All cell phones must be turned off or set to silent as soon as you enter the seating area. Please refrain from cell phone use before and during the ceremony. 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.

Adjournment

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, 974-4263, with any questions.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time:
4 p.m.
Location:
Neyland Stadium

Spring commencement is one of our favorite times at the College of Law as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The information presented below is specific to UT Law. Learn more through the university’s commencement website. A webcast of the 2019 event is available through this link. 

Speaker Information

The distinguished guest speaker will be announced in February prior to commencement.

Location

Neyland Stadium is located at 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way in Knoxville.

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. Directions from various airports can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations

Visitors to the UT campus can find accommodations at a number of nearby hotels. Hotels highlighted here offer discounts to campus visitors. Please be advised that campus-wide events affect availability.

Parking and Security

Parking will be available in university student parking areas throughout the campus. Please avoid parking in staff parking areas. A parking map is available online. 

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced. Guests will be required to pass through standing metal detectors upon entry, and may enter the arena with only 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.

Photography

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.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Tennessee encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Learn more about special accommodations.