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UT Martin Expects Record Graduates

May 17, 2010

MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin officials expect the spring graduating class to be the largest in history. A total of 696 students are projected to receive diplomas. UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes will preside over commencement that begins at 11 a.m., May 15, in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

As this year’s graduates join more than 37,000 other UT Martin alumni worldwide, they also positively impact the university’s graduation rate – which currently is the second highest of Tennessee’s four-year, public institutions.

“We are proud to boast of one of the highest graduation rates in Tennessee and, of course, to celebrate the success of our largest graduating class,” said Rakes.

Dr. Nick Dunagan, UT Martin chancellor emeritus, will deliver the commencement address. Dunagan was named UT Martin’s eighth chancellor in April 2001. He retired in June 2007.

Again this year, the ceremony will be available via a live webcast by clicking on the spring commencement headline on the UT Martin homepage at www.utm.edu. Overflow seating with a video and audio feed of the ceremony will be provided in Skyhawk Fieldhouse. Immediately following commencement, a reception will be hosted in the fieldhouse.