Tuesday, 06 May, 2014
Aloha Oe is a campus tradition that started in 1926. Despite changes to the ceremony over the years, its purpose remains the same: to give the graduating seniors a meaningful conclusion to their undergraduate years.
Soon-to-be-graduates light candles and pass the "Torch of Service" to their fellow students to inspire them to be leaders in their communities.
Graduating seniors will meet in the Alumni Memorial Building at 6:30 p.m., dressed in their caps and gowns to line up for the ceremony processional to the top of the Hill, which will begin at 7 p.m.
Announcer Mike Keith, the "Voice of the Titans" and graduate of UT, will be the guest speaker. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and Melissa Shivers, assistant vice chancellor for student life, also will speak. Outgoing Student Government Association president Jake Baker will address his fellow students as well. A selected student will read the "Torch" poem.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception on the lawn of Ayres Hall.
For more information on the Aloha Oe ceremony, visit http://utk.edu/aloha.
For more information on the 2014 commencement activities, visit http://utk.edu/commencement.