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When Stephanie Bolin decorated the family home as part of the local Class of 2020 Senior Light up Night, to celebrate her college senior, she never dreamed that it would result in a visit from the …
When Stephanie Bolin decorated the family home as part of the local Class of 2020 Senior Light up Night, to celebrate her college senior, she never dreamed that it would result in a visit from the University of Tennessee at Martin’s chancellor.
When Dr. Carver saw the pictures on social media he messaged Stephanie and said I may just have to drive down there and surprise Lexie and get my picture made in my cap in gown with her.
So, Friday afternoon, April 24, Lexie gets a cell phone call from Dr. Carver congratulating her on her accomplishments and on her upcoming graduation. He explained that he was preparing for a social media post and was very impressed with her decorations and asked her to step outside and take a “selfie” in front of the banner and text it to him. When Lexie stepped outside, Dr. Carver, and his office personnel, were walking up the driveway.
Dr. Carver explained that we can’t have commencement on campus this year so he thought he would bring commencement to her in McKenzie.
He explained to Lexie the senior decorations had “created quite a social media stir, so he thought what a great opportunity for him to put on his cap and gown and be around a student.”
He apologized that they were not able to have a traditional commencement, but he hoped this made up for it a little and explained that they make it official by taking a picture by the banner. He left Lexie with some UTM Alumni goodies. But most importantly, he left Lexie with a UTM senior memory that she will forever cherish.
Stephanie stated, “This is truly what a passion for your job and a passion for the UTM student body looks like. Having two girls at UTM this year, I know just how special Dr. Carver is to them and the student body on campus.”
Lexie will receive a BS Degree in Cell and Molecular Biology on Saturday.
A “virtual commencement” on Facebook Live is set for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2.
Students will be honored individually by the calling of their name and the conferring of their degree by UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Keith Carver.