Over the next few days, thousands of UT students will celebrate years of hard work and achievement as they walk across the stage at graduation.
And for eight students, it's an opportunity many never thought possible.
UT's FUTure program celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class on Wednesday.
The two year program offers students with intellectual disabilities the chance to go to college.
The goal is to bridge the gap between high school and a job.
The FUTure students have classes designed just for them, but they also audit one academic and one physical education class.
They also get plenty of help from student mentors, who attend classes and social and sporting events with them.
It's the third such program in the state, and one of only 250 in the country.
UT Commencement Schedule:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
8:30 a.m.-College of Nursing. The speaker is Julie Worley, a nursing doctoral student who has a private psychiatry practice. She teaches online at Rush University in Chicago and will be a full-time assistant professor and researcher at Rush after graduation. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/44e17cdb63c449da84dbb44cc7dd11b11d>
11:30 a.m.-College of Engineering. Alumnus Dwight Hutchins, the global managing director of Accenture's Health and Public Service Strategy practice, will speak. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/24178ea7a5734feeb44c641329a77c741d>
3:30 p.m.-College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Missy Kane, a former Olympian, a Pan American Games medalist, and a former UT track coach, will speak. She is now a fitness promotion coordinator for Covenant Health. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/5352dd617a824c189229359377101cdd1d>
THURSDAY, MAY 9
8:30 a.m.-College of Communication and Information. The speaker is alumna Monica Langley, an author and senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal and author. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/61a76426fe9a4f458f9adeede0915c311d>
11 a.m. -Audiology and Speech Pathology. Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building
1 p.m.-College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Alumnus Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Food, will speak. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/9729990f88ea46f2adc925cc453e72f71d>
4:30 p.m.-Graduate Hooding. Amanda Sanford, fifth-year doctoral candidate in political science and president of the Graduate Student Senate, will speak. The Graduate School expects about 300 master's students and 100 doctoral students to take part in the ceremony. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/72eb54619ba24c35889dfaff4c356ecb1d>
FRIDAY, MAY 10
9 a.m.-College of Arts and Sciences. Costa will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters and speak briefly. The speaker is alumna Margaret Scobey, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and longtime diplomat. She is now deputy commandant, international affairs advisor, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/92d996e0eaa84b2e86e49266b486e9a31d>
2 p.m.-College of Business Administration. Mark A. Emkes, Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration and retired chairman, chief executive officer and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc., will speak. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/6ec20aa69e8b45ee89bd0b75459c7d291d>
5 p.m.-College of Law. Seigenthaler will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and speak briefly. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, who served as Tennessee's governor, president of the University of Tennessee and U.S. Secretary of Education, will speak. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/8e76cb7fe24f41c7aa7d81040847ea581d>
SATURDAY, MAY 11
10 a.m.-College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Patricia Sura, who completed her residency at the College of Veterinary Medicine and was an assistant professor of surgery for six years, will speak. Sura now practices at a veterinary hospital in Kentucky.
1 p.m.-College of Social Work. No guest speaker. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/09a8ecc117474379a6a88f8df1705a521d>
5 p.m.-College of Architecture and Design Hooding Ceremony. The speaker is alumna Robin Klehr Avia, regional managing principal and chair of the board at Gensler, an internationally acclaimed design firm. Webcast: <http://sf.ites.utk.edu/utk/Play/224ab3a12ed949a89675a841893ecae91d>