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Spring 2022 Commencement

Graduation Application Deadlines:

The college requests that all spring/summer 2022 graduation candidates submit their graduation application no later than Friday, January 22, 2022, for communications purposes.

The graduation application can be located by logging into your MyUTK account.  If you have questions, please contact Jenny Flatford at or 865-974-6714.

Details about the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

College of Architecture and Design’s Graduation Celebration: Sunday, May 22, from 1 – 3 p.m.; will be held at the Art + Architecture Building. The ceremony will be preceded by our Graduation Celebration reception and exhibit of student work.

College of Architecture and Design Commencement and Hooding Ceremony (Undergraduate/Bachelor Candidates and Graduate/Master Candidates): Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m.; will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena

  • The Commencement Walk-through is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. All students should arrive in the Art and Architecture atrium no later than 10:45 a.m. for a few brief notes.

University Graduate and Professional Hooding Ceremony (Graduate/Master’s Candidates only): Friday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.; will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena

Spring 2022 Torch Night: Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m.; will be held at the Ayres Lawn. Students must register to attend Torch Night. This is a university-wide event.

Additional Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony Information

  • A mandatory meeting for all students participating in the spring 2021 commencement will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022 
  • Students who graduate in Summer 2022 may participate in the college’s spring commencement ceremony.
  • All students who plan to participate in the spring ceremonies must purchase a cap/gown bundle in addition to a hood.

General Information:

Day-of Commencement Information:



  • Commencement regalia (cap/gown with the UT stole and separate hood) can be purchased at the VolShop.
  • Interior Architecture Hoods: Available to borrow from the ASID/IIDA President or to purchase
  • Spring 2022 Grad Finale (in-person event) – March 21 – 23, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom A. Attendees will receive 10 percent off caps and gowns and 20 percent off diploma frames during the event.

2022 Student Information Sheet

The Student Information Sheet for Spring 2022 Commencement and Hooding is due Friday, February 4, 2022. Please open and download the PDF.  Do not fill out the PDF prior to the download. If you have any issues or questions about the Student Information Sheet, contact Jennifer Flatford at or 865-974-6714.

Commencement Speaker: Nick Dryden

Nick Dryden is a third-generation architect in Tennessee. His grandfather and then father have led Allen N. Dryden Architects in Kingsport since the 1920s. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture with Honors, Nick started his career in Nashville to carry forward his family’s tradition of passionate design. Since establishing Dryden Architecture and Design in 2001, Nick has garnered many accolades for his work. Projects under his leadership have received local, state, and national awards and have been featured in multiple publications including Architectural Record, Metropolis, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Currently, Dryden is focused on a diverse range of project types including corporate offices, adaptive reuse, residential, commercial, neighborhood master planning, and mixed-use development in Nashville and throughout the Southeast.


  • Masks are highly encouraged for all speakers, graduates and guests.
  • Tickets:
    • Graduate entry: Not required for graduate entry.
    • Guest entry: There are no current plans to require tickets for guests. The Office of the Registrar will contact graduates if that changes.
  • Entry:
    • Doors will open 90 minutes before the ceremony start time for graduates and guests.
    • Graduates will enter the arena at the lower level Media entrance. 
    • Guests will enter at the upper-level gates. 
  • New for fall 2021: all graduates will participate in a processional.
  • The university’s clear bag policy will be reinforced.

More information can be found here.