Graduation approaches for Johnson community; JUTN student prepares for transition

KNOXVILLE — For graduating seniors and their families, commencement is a time of celebration, remembrance and recognition of accomplishments.  For university faculty and staff, it is a time to say goodbye to another class. 

“It [graduation] is one of the biggest events for Johnson University each year,” Andrew Frazier, JU associate registrar said. “And, it is the culminating moment for each of our students who [have] worked so hard to reach the completion of their degrees.”

This year, JUTN’s commencement ceremony is slated for 3 p.m., April 29, at The Sevierville Convention Center, located at 202 Gists Creek Rd, Sevierville, Tennessee, 37876.

Students who are participating in the ceremony should arrive at 1 p.m.

“We are excited to be back for our second year at The Sevierville Convention Center, which is a wonderful venue that continues to give us room to grow as we graduate more and more students each year,” Frazier said.

Rehearsal for the ceremony is set for 2 p.m., April 28, in the Phillips-Welshimer Gymnasium. Graduating seniors and faculty are asked to attend.

Following rehearsal, Gary and Janis Weedman are hosting a graduate reception at 3:30 p.m. at the White House. Immediate family of graduates are invited to this event as well.

“It truly is a joy to get to work together with almost every office in bringing about a successful and memorable graduation for our students,” Frazier said.

Two hundred and fifty-four students are participating in the commencement ceremony, including students from the JU Tennessee campus, online students and ExtendEd students. Eight students will receive associate degrees, 179 students will receive bachelor’s degrees, 62 students will receive master’s degrees, and five students will receive doctoral degrees.

The graduation keynote speaker is Ken Mahanes, the vice president for religious life, and the special adviser to the president, at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Senior Class President Tyler Davis will also make remarks.

Written Report: Abbey Whitaker

Video Report: Thomas Davis Jr.

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