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CCI Commencement to be 'All in the Family' for Fulmer

Fulmer and Wirth

The Spring 2010 commencement ceremony for the College of Communication and Information (CCI) will be “all in the family” for Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1992 to 2008, will give the CCI commencement address at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in Thompson-Boling Arena. Two of Fulmer’s daughters, Alison and Brittany Fulmer, are graduating from the college in the summer but will participate in the ceremony on May 12. Alison will receive a bachelor’s degree in public relations and Brittany will receive a master’s degree in communication studies. Brittany received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2007, as did Fulmer’s other daughter, Courtney, in 2005.

“The faculty, staff and students of the College of Communication and Information are honored to have Coach Phillip Fulmer as our 2010 commencement speaker,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Coach Fulmer has had an incredible impact on everyone who knows and loves the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville campus. His long-term dedication to the university and the community and his ability to motivate and lead young adults make him a perfect choice to inspire our graduates as they leave the university to pursue their personal and professional goals.”

More than 200 students will graduate with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the college this semester. An archived webcast of the ceremony will be available at