Graduate Commencement

Graduate Speaker

Jennifer Hoff is president and founder of Skye Strategies, which works with nonprofit, education, healthcare, government and social enterprise organizations. She has served as Program Administrator and Grant Consultant for UTC and, as a graduate student here, she earned a Master of Arts in English: Rhetoric and Writing. She is president and co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers group and also was director of public relations for WTCI-TV, the local PBS affiliate.

Undergraduate Speaker

Kim White is president and CEO of River City Co., which is a key player in the rebirth of downtown Chattanooga. A native of Chattanooga who earned her Bachelor of Arts at UTC, she is the chair of the UC Foundation Board of Trustees and, in the past, has served as president of the UTC Alumni Board and the Chancellor’s Roundtable and been a member of the UT Foundation’s Executive Committee and the UT Board of Governors.


Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns can be purchased through the UTC Bookstore online ordering process. The bookstore is located in the University Center and you can call 423-425-4107 if you have questions. You’ll select your shipment preference to start. In addition to your height, weight, and hat size, you will also need to know the academic degree you are to receive.

Where do I park?

Parking on Commencement Day will be a challenge, so be sure to allow plenty of time for traveling on campus and finding available parking.

Lot 20 behind McKenzie Arena is dedicated Handicap Parking on a first-come-first-available basis. Overflow Handicap Parking is available in Lot 32 across the street from the Arena.

When should I arrive?

We ask that all graduates arrive at the McKenzie Arena 45 minutes prior to start time.

Where do I line up for the processional?

You will line up in the designated area located on the first floor of the Arena. Click hereto determine where you report to line up.

Where will graduates sit on Commencement Day?

Click here to determine where your graduate will sit on commencement day. The arena map will help you decide where to sit and best see your graduate walk across the stage.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be delivered to the Records Office approximately 8 weeks after graduation. Graduates will be sent an email to their UTC account when they have arrived and students will have 2 weeks to come by the Records Office to pick up their diploma. Students must bring a photo ID with them and have no holds on their account (see After Graduation for more information on holds).

After 2 weeks all remaining diplomas will be mailed out to the address listed on their graduation application. If this address changes after the application is submitted, please notify the Records Office at The UTC diploma measures 14″ x 17″.

For more information on commencement, click here.


Media Relations Contacts: Email UTC Media Relations or call 423-425-5119.

Shawn Ryan is the executive staff writer in the Office of Communications and Marketing at UTC.

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