CCI’s Spring Commencement took place on May 9 marking the end of another academic year. The more than 300 graduates in attendance received an inspirational send off from UT highlighted by the commencement address given by Monica Langley (BS/JEM ’80), senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), who shared her three guiding principles: people, persistence, and passion.
Langley told the graduates and their families that “The more high-tech we become, the more high-touch we must be. Relationships are what matter, not transactions. So no matter how much technology or facts surround you, be sure to touch and engage each person along your path.” She shared stories from her 25 years at the WSJ and from her developmental years as a copy clerk at the Knoxville News Sentinel, a student journalist at UT and a law student at Georgetown University. Langley captured the graduates’ attention with her practical and timely guidance and her stories about covering the powerful, rich and famous for the WSJ. Click here to view her commencement address: http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/186f9361b3a145e49a0069dcadb64c361d.
Other commencement highlights included: Ashley Wright (BS/JEM ’13) being commissioned into the United States Air Force by Lieutenant Colonel Brian J. Delamater; presentation of the senior gift by Gustavo Quintero (BS/ADV ’13) and Greg Dowell (BA/CS ’13) in honor of the memory of Dr. Margie Morrison (former AdvPR professor and director) who passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2013; and a special performance of “I Hope You Dance” by Angelia Onuoha. On the day of the ceremony, Tennessee Today published a story about a CCI graduating student, Luke Amos.