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Signature Events

UT Welcome Week: MSL Welcome Back Celebration

The MSL Welcome Back Celebration provides an opportunity for all first-year and returning students to participate in the Fall Open House for the Office of Multicultural Student Life. This open house features a student organization fair where students can learn about getting involved with our multicultural student organizations; take a tour of the Frieson Black Cultural Center, which also provides information on our Tutorial and Book Loan Programs; enjoy live entertainment by students; and get special prizes from our community partners. Held annually, the MSL Welcome Back Celebration is a part of UT Welcome Week festivities and is a free event for all members of the university community. The celebration is a great way to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, make new friends, and connect with important campus resources. Be sure to come out to sample foods from local restaurants, enjoy performances from fraternities and sororities, and learn more about student organizations, university departments, local religious centers, beauty and barber shops, and community businesses.


UT Black Issues Conference

The purpose of this conference is to offer a forum for research and discussion of issues affecting the African American culture. This conference features a nationally known keynote speaker; in addition to a diverse set of workshops and panel discussions led by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators and members of the local, regional, and national communities. The conference is open to all students. The conference started in 2005, and now boasts an average of 300 participants. Pre-registration is required for participation in this event. This conference is a joint partnership between the NAACP-UT Chapter and the Office of Multicultural Student Life. Annually a host of diverse student organizations, university departments, and corporations help to sponsor this event.


Multicultural Graduation Celebration and Recognition Ceremony

The Office of Multicultural Student Life at the University of Tennessee hosts the Multicultural Graduation Celebration annually. This is a time of reflection, accolades, and celebration!

The Multicultural Graduation Celebration provides a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate and honor our Spring, Summer, and Fall graduates, and students who have achieved academic excellence. In anticipation of commencement, we host this event to bring our diverse student body together to honor their successes and to recognize this step in their life journey. Stay tuned for more information for the 2020 graduation!