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Kerri Ann Considine to Speak at Fall 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Kerri Ann Considine has been selected to be the student speaker for the Fall 2017 Graduate Hooding Ceremony, to be held on December 14, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Considine received both her PhD and Master of Arts degrees in English from UT, and was honored to hold a Graduate Fellowship in the University of Tennessee Humanities Center for the 2016–2017 academic year. She is currently a postdoctoral lecturer in the Department of English here at UT.

We at the Graduate School encourage you to read more about Kerri Ann Considine’s impressive achievements and we hope that you will join us at Thompson-Boling Arena on December 14th to hear her speak and to honor the success of our graduating students.

Major Graduation Deadline for Fall 2017

If you are planning to graduate from a graduate degree program in fall 2017, November 17 is a major deadline to be aware of. Be sure to check the Graduation Deadlines for your degree program and make certain that you get everything to the Graduate School, to avoid any delays in your graduation. We want your graduation to go as smoothly as possible; if you have any questions about the deadlines or what you need to do, do not hesitate to contact the graduate school at (865-974-2475), and we’ll talk you through the process.

Scheduled Your Dissertation Defense Yet?

The deadline for scheduling a dissertation defense is rapidly approaching. If you are in a doctoral program and plan to graduate in fall 2017, don’t forget that you’ll need to schedule your dissertation defense with the Graduate School at least a week before the date of your defense. Since the deadline to defend a dissertation is November 3, the last day to schedule your defense is October 27.

Graduating in Fall 2017? You Can Submit Your Thesis or Dissertation for Preliminary Review

If you would like, a draft of your thesis or dissertation can be submitted electronically to Trace early in the process to be reviewed for formatting by the thesis/dissertation consultant. The consultant will review the document for formatting, not content. Formatting includes page sequence, table/figure placement, bibliography, table of contents, abstract, font, margins, etc. Doing this early can help you avoid delays in the approval process, and it is highly recommended. The deadline for submitting your draft is October 6, and if you would like to have your draft reviewed, contact the Thesis/Dissertation Consultant at

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