Commencement

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Congratulations from President Oldham

As you prepare for graduation from Tennessee Tech University, let me be among the first to congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishment.

Whether you are a first generation college graduate or this is your second or third degree, there’s no doubt you have worked hard to reach this milestone.

Along with the faculty and your friends at TTU, I applaud your commitment to finish your degree. In the years to come, you will appreciate the lasting value of a diploma from Tennessee Tech University, as it is a critical step toward reaching other goals in your life. Commit to being a lifelong learner, and the knowledge you gained at TTU will be just the start of applying wisdom to your daily decisions about career, family and other pursuits.

This is your day. Enjoy it, and take pride in being an awesome alum of Tennessee Tech University.

All the best,
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Commencement Information

 

Directions to Campus and to Hooper Eblen Center.  Click in the upper right corner to find Directions to Campus.  Scroll down the A-Z listing until you see "Hooper Eblen Center." 

 

The Fall 2013 commencement ceremony will be Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. CST at the Hooper Eblen Center.

There is no commencement ceremony for students who complete their degree requirements in the Summer semester. This began Summer 2010. Undergraduate students who want to participate in the Fall commencement ceremony may do so by supplying the Academic Services - Graduation Office (DRBY122) with that information. Students graduating in the Fall will receive an email during Fall semester with the respond date included.

The last day for undergraduates to apply for Fall 2013 commencement is August 9, 2013.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to all those undergraduates who graduate in the Fall no later than January 10, 2014. They will be mailed to the address you provide to the Academic Services - Graduation Office during the Fall semester in response to an email with a weblink.· Please make sure this is an address where you can receive mail at that date.

Caps and Gowns

  • Cost of the cap and gown is included in the General Access Fee paid each semester – no additional charge
  • Get your cap and gown at Senior Salute on November 16th and 17th. Senior Salute is in the Tech Pride room of the Roaden University Center. If you cannot attend Senior Salute, caps and gowns will be available in the University Bookstore on the ground floor of the RUC. The supplier has a variety of sizes.
  • Staff from the bookstore will be at the commencement ceremony with a limited supply of caps, gowns and tassels.
  • Candidates receiving a commission from the ROTC may wear their uniform under the gown but must wear the mortarboard (cap).

Dress

  • Men: slacks (no jeans or shorts), shirt, and comfortable shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes)
  • Women: dresses or skirts, slacks or capri pants (no jeans or shorts) and comfortable shoes (no tennis shoes or flip-flops)
  • There is no place to leave personal belongings, so please leave those with family members
  • Keep in mind you will be standing for quite a while, so choose clothing and shoes for comfort.
  • Tasteful minor decorating of the mortar board is acceptable; however, excessive decorations will not be permitted.
  • Graduates' attire will be monitored at several intervals.  Anyone wearing attire deemed to be inappropriate for a commencement ceremony will be asked to adjust his/her attire appropriately.  If not corrected in a timely manner, graduate will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Behavior

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol is subject to being removed from the line of march
  • Use of cell phones during the ceremony is prohibited
  • Use of air horns and other such devices is prohibited and will be confiscated

Graduation and Rehearsal

  • The Fall 2013 commencement ceremony will be Saturday December 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. CST in the Hooper Eblen Center
  • All candidates are required to be there·no later than 8:45 a.m. CST in cap and gown
  • Rehearsal will be·December 12, 2013, at 4 p.m. CST in the Hooper Eblen Center – attendance is not required but helpful
  • Candidates need to enter at the Ticket Office entrance – there will be signs directing you to the appropriate area of the concourse for lineup
  • Undergraduate candidates are alphabetical with their college or school
  • Graduate candidates are alphabetical by degree level
  • Personnel from the Academic Services - Graduation Office and the Graduate School and other staff will be checking the line of march
  • You must check in with the person for your line - otherwise your name will be removed from the list and your name will not be called during the ceremony
  • Tickets for guests are not required – seating is first come, first served

Special Facilities

  • Any candidate requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the Academic Services - Graduation Office at 931-372-3543 by December 9, 2013.
  • Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to the University Police at 931-372-3234

Attendance

  • The Fall commencement ceremony will last approximately 2 - 2 ½ hours
  • Candidates who plan to participate are required to stay for the entire time
  • No participants are allowed to leave until the ceremony is over
  • Participation in the ceremony does not confirm clearance for receipt of a diploma – do not cite participation as evidence of graduation
  • All candidates participating will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage and will receive their diploma in the mail after confirmation of graduation

In Absentia Status

  • Fall 2013 candidates - Those candidates choosing to graduate in absentia must complete and submit the information on the website http://www2.tntech.edu/records/grad no later than November 8, 2013

Honors

  • Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) for the listing in the commencement program and announcement during the ceremony is determined by the cumulative GPA (all TTU coursework plus transfer credit) at the beginning of the final semester.
  • Honors notation on the diploma and student transcript include the final semester's coursework
  • Graduation honors are only available for undergraduate students
  • Cum Laude (3.50-3.69), Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89), Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0)
  • Students graduating with a 4.00 GPA also will receive the W. A. Howard Award and plaque. A notation of the award will appear on the diploma and transcript.

Photographs

  • TTU Photographic Services will have professional photographers at the commencement ceremony. As you approach the ramp to go on stage, you will be asked to pause for a picture. Another photo will be taken as you receive your diploma cover and shake hands with the president.
  • TTU Photographic Services will contact you when the proofs are available online.
  • TTU Photographic Services' phone number is 931-372-3305.

Outstanding University Debt

  • Chapter 654 of the Public Acts of 1976 prohibits state institutions of higher education from issuing diplomas, transcripts or grade reports of any nature to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution
  • Fall 2013 candidates - Parking tickets or other outstanding debts must be cleared with the Business Office (DH100) by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013

Speaker

Justin P. Wilson
Comptroller
State of Tennessee

 

Justin P. Wilson, of Nashville, Tennessee, was elected Tennessee’s 34th Comptroller of the Treasury on Jan. 15, 2009.

A graduate of Stanford University, Vanderbilt University School of Law, and New York University, Wilson is also an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School and a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Financial Advisory Board.

Prior to his election as comptroller, Wilson was a partner in the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis. He served as commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation and as deputy to the governor for policy under former Gov. Don Sundquist. He has also served as the chairman of the Nashville Electric Board and as a member of the executive committee of Meharry Medical College.

In 2002, Tennessee’s 53rd state park, Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park, was named for him in recognition of “conservation and environmental contributions to the state of Tennessee.” He was named Conservationist of the Year” in 1997.

He is married to Barbara Engelhardt. The couple has four sons, Justin Jr., Whitney, Walter and Wesley.

 

The Spring 2014 commencement ceremony will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Hooper Eblen Center. Please see below, under "Graduation and Rehearsal" for times.

The last day for undergraduates to apply for Spring 2014 commencement is December 13, 2013. 

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to all those undergraduates who graduate in the Spring. They will be mailed to the address that you provide to the Graduation Office during the Spring semester in response to an email with a weblink. Please make sure this is an address where you can receive mail at that date.

Caps and Gowns

  • Cost of the cap and gown is included in the General Access Fee paid each semester – no additional charge.
  • The supplier has a variety of sizes to choose from.
  • Senior Salute is March 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and March 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Tech Pride Room of the Roaden University Center.
  • If you cannot attend either of those dates, caps and gowns will be available in the University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Roaden University Center.
  • Staff from the bookstore will be at the commencement ceremony with a limited supply of caps, gowns and tassels.
  • Those candidates receiving commission from the ROTC department may wear their uniform under the cap and gown but are required to wear the mortarboard.

Dress

  • Men: slacks (no jeans or shorts), shirt, and comfortable shoes (no sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes)
  • Women: dresses or skirts, slacks or capri pants (no jeans or shorts) and comfortable shoes (no tennis shoes or flip-flops)
  • There is no place for personal belongings to be left so please leave those with family members.
  • Keep in mind that you will be standing for quite a while so choose clothing and shoes for comfort.
  • Graduates' attire will be monitored at several intervals.  Anyone wearing attire deemed to be inappropriate for a commencement ceremony will be asked to correct the problem.  If not corrected in a timely manner, graduate will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Behavior

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol is subject to being removed from the line of march.
  • Use of cell phones during ceremony is prohibited.
  • Use of air horns and other such devices is prohibited and may be confiscated.

Graduation and Rehearsal

  • Spring 2014 commencement ceremonies on May 10, 2014, will be divided as follows:
    • 9:30 a.m. ceremony in the Hooper Eblen Center: The Colleges of Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Nursing (and graduate students from each of these colleges);
    • 2:00 p.m. ceremony in the Hooper Eblen Center: The Colleges of Business and Education (and graduate students from each of these colleges).

Rehearsal will be May 8, 2014, at 4 p.m. CDT in the Hooper Eblen Center - attendance is helpful but not required.

  • Candidates need to enter at the ticket office entrance. There will be signs directing you to the appropriate area of the concourse for lineup.
  • Undergraduate candidates are lined up alphabetically with their college or school.
  • Graduate candidates are lined up alphabetically by degree level.
  • Personnel from the Academic Services - Graduation Office, the Graduate School, or other staff will be checking the line of march
  • You must check in with the person for your line; otherwise your name will be removed from the list and your name will not be called out.
  • Tickets for guests are not required – seating is first come, first served.

Special Facilities

  • Any candidate requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the Academic Services - Graduation Office at 931-372-3543.
  • Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to University Police at 931-372-3234.

Attendance

  • Candidates who plan to participate are required to stay for the entire time.
  • No participants are allowed to leave until the ceremony is over.
  • Participation in the ceremony does not confirm clearance for receipt of a diploma. Do not cite participation as evidence of graduation.
  • All candidates participating will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage and will receive their diploma in the mail after confirmation of graduation.
  • Those graduating in absentia will receive their diploma in the mail.

In Absentia Status

  • Spring 2014 candidates - Candidates choosing to graduate in absentia must complete and submit the information on the website http://www2.tntech.edu/grad. Please do not access the website until after April 1, 2014.

Honors

  • Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) for the listing in the commencement program and what is announced at commencement ceremony is determined by the overall GPA (all TTU coursework plus transfer credit - not overall combined) at the beginning of the final semester.
  • Honors notation on the diploma and student transcript include the final semester's coursework.
  • Graduation honors are only available for undergraduate students.
  • Cum Laude (3.50-3.69), Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89), Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0)
  • Students graduating with a 4.00 GPA will also receive the W. A. Howard Award and plaque. A notation of the award will appear on the diploma and transcript.

Photographs

  • Photographic Services will have their professional photographers at the commencement ceremony.
  • As you approach the ramp to go on stage, you will be asked to pause for a picture. Another photo will be taken as you shake hands with the president.
  • You will be contacted when the proofs are available online by Photographic Services.
  • Photographic Services' phone number is 931-372-3305.

Outstanding University Debt

  • Chapter 654 of the Public Acts of 1976 prohibits state institutions of higher education from issuing diplomas, transcripts or grade reports of any nature to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution.
  • Spring 2014 candidates - Parking tickets or other outstanding debts must be cleared with the Business Office (DH100) by 3:30 on the Friday before commencement.

Speaker

This spring, an estimated 1,400 students and their families will hear from Gov. Bill Haslam and Kevin Huffman, state commissioner of education, at Tennessee Tech University's commencement ceremonies.

Huffman will address the morning commencement ceremony, which includes graduates from the Colleges of Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.  The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Haslam will speak for the graduates of the Colleges of Business and Education at the afternoon ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.

Both ceremonies will be in TTU's Hooper Eblen Center.

 

Haslam has served as the governor of Tennessee since 2010, when he was elected by the widest margin of any non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate in the state’s history. A Knoxville native, he began his career at Pilot Corp. after graduating with a degree in history from Emory University. When he joined his family’s corporation it had 800 employees throughout the state. In his years at the company, it grew to employ more than 14,000 people across 39 states.

Haslam was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. As mayor, he balanced seven consecutive city budgets, tripled the city’s rainy day fund, helped to found education initiatives and insisted the government improve efficiency in providing services to residents.

Huffman has been the state education commissioner since 2011.  He came to the position with more than two decades working with public education systems as a teacher, lawyer, non-profit executive and non-profit board member.  His career included time serving as the general counsel, senior vice president of growth strategy and development, and executive vice president of public affairs for Teach for America.  During his tenure, the program grew to be the largest providers of new teachers in the country.

As commissioner, Tennessee made the largest gains in fourth and eighth grade math and reading scores in the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress.  He is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the board of directors on the Counsel of Chief State School Officers, the executive committee of the Partnership of Reassessment of Readiness for College and Careers, and a member of Chiefs for Change.

Both commencement ceremonies will be streamed live at www.tntech.edu/web/live.

 

 

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