Class of 2014 Graduation Information

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center commencement activities are held for UT colleges around June and December of each year. The Office of Student Life provides information concerning commencement activities. Attendance at Convocation and Graduation is required of all students. Therefore, medical students wishing to graduate in absentia may be permitted by the Dean after a petition for graduation in absentia has been submitted to the College of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs at least two months prior to graduation.

College of Medicine Parent's Reception

  • May 29, 2014
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tower Center Memphis
  • 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 3300

College of Medicine Deans' Convocation

Dr. Steve Schwab, Executive Dean

The College of Medicine has instituted a Deans' Convocation in honor of the graduating class and their families.

This ceremony includes an address by the Dean of the College of Medicine, addresses by faculty and student representatives, recognition of honors and award recipients, hooding, and the administration of the Oath of Hippocrates.

Note: Limit 15 invitations per medical student. Number of guests: unlimited.

Students should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.


Mangiante Photography, LLC will be taking photos of the Class of 2014 throughout the ceremony and will also be taking the group photo immediately following the ceremony. Instructions for completing the PHOTO PROOF FORM will be provided in late March.

Each year, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church offers a professional recording of the Deans' Convocation for purchase. There will be a table setup for DVD orders prior to and after the ceremony. The cost of the DVD is approximately $33.00. Most major credit cards, cash and checks accepted. Purchased DVDs are mailed out within 3-4 weeks of the Deans' Convocation. For additional information, please contact Jacquelyn R. Sharif at (901) 729-6222.

UTHSC Graduation Ceremony

  • May 30, 2014
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • FedEx Forum  external link icon
  • 191 Beale Street
  • Telephone: (901) 205-1535

Note: Invitations may be purchased through UT Book Store; number of guests: Unlimited

Students should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m.

Contact Liz Roemer (901.448.4860) for questions regarding Commencement Ceremony at FedEx Forum.

Student Academic Regalia

Deadline for ordering academic regalia: April 24, 2014

  • in person at the UT Bookstore, 910 Madison Avenue;
  • OR by the UT Bookstore (901) 448-5623;

Student regalia must be picked up in the Lobby of the 910 Plaza Building on Wednesday, May 28th or Thursday, May 29th.

Graduation Requirements

As outlined by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a student must satisfy all academic requirements for the Doctor of Medicine degree as well as discharge all financial obligations to the University and affiliated organizations. Failure to satisfy any outstanding financial obligation (i.e., library fines, parking tickets, loans, etc.) and/or all academic requirements will result in having a "hold" placed on the student's diploma and/or official transcript. Students should contact our Office of Student Affairs (448-5684) or the Office of Medical Education (448-5506) for further information requiring graduation requirements. Attendance at graduation is required. A request to graduate in absentia must be approved by the Dean of the College. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information on graduating in absentia.

Awarding of Degrees and Attendance at Commencement

Honors & Recognition

Outstanding students are recognized for their achievement during the College of the Medicine Convocation Ceremony each year. These awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, achievement in clinical medicine, research, leadership and service to the community and to the institution, and are listed below. The Subcommittee on Recognition and Awards, with the support of the Office of Student Affairs, considers all candidates for these awards and makes the final selection of the recipients.