October 16, 2020 2020 Commencements to be In-Person, College Fall Date Announced


Watch the video from the fall 2020 commencement that was held on Nov. 21


Chancellor Donde Plowman announced on Oct. 2 that in-person commencement will take place between Nov. 19-22. These ceremonies, to be held in Thompson-Boling Arena, will celebrate spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates. Numbers of guests will be limited, and other safety measures will be in place.


Of note:

  • Fall 2020 graduates’ commencement is Nov. 21, 8 p.m.; graduates must RSVP for commencement by Oct. 23.
  • Spring/summer 2020 graduates’ commencements are between Nov. 19-22; graduates must register to attend by Oct. 21.
  • Both groups should check their UTK e-mail addresses for details and visit the UT Knoxville website.


Fall 2020 Graduates: Nov. 21

The date and time of the college’s commencement for fall 2020 graduates is Nov. 21, 8:00 p.m. Fall 2020 graduates must RSVP for commencement by Oct. 23, 11:59 p.m., for commencement using a form UT sent to them in October, and they can instead choose to participate in spring 2021 commencement. Details of the spring 2021 commencement have not been finalized. Read details, deadlines and more about the college’s fall 2020 commencement, and note that graduates from other colleges will be participating in the same ceremony.


Spring/Summer 2020 Graduates

Ceremonies will take place each day for the four consecutive days (Nov. 19-22) with three ceremonies per day for a total of 12 ceremonies. Spring and summer 2020 graduates can attend any one of the 12 ceremonies. To participate in a commencement ceremony, spring and summer 2020 graduates must register by Oct. 21, 11:59 p.m., using the information sent in early October to the UTK e-mail addresses of graduates.

At each of the 12 ceremonies, a total of 200 spring/summer 2020 graduates will be allowed so that social distancing can be achieved. For details about the dates and time of the available ceremonies, visit UT’s coronavirus website.

Spring and summer 2020 graduates can opt to participate in the spring 2021 commencement. Details of the spring 2021 commencement have not been finalized.


All Graduates

The ceremonies will be somewhat different but not virtual. Graduates will be able to walk across the stage in keeping with the spirit of the occasion. All ceremonies will be webcast.

Updates to UT’s commencement plans will be posted on UT’s coronavirus website. Questions about commencement can be addressed to or to Jenny Flatford.