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2009 Commencement Speech at the University of Tennessee

Published May 8, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

Dolly delivers the commencement speech to 2009 graduating class at the University of Tennessee

Dolly delivered the commencement speech for the 2009 graduating class at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, infusing it with some of her famous humor.

“Now, I usually try not to give advice. Information, yes, advice, no. But, what has worked for me may not work for you. Well, take for instance what has worked for me. Wigs. Tight clothes, push up bras, and high heel shoes.”

As part of the ceremonies, Dolly sang a version of the university’s unofficial fight song “Rocky Top,” and a version of her song “Try.” Dolly received an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters, only the second bestowed in the university’s history.

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Team Dolly

Team Dolly

Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton. Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons Creative Director - Sarah Chapman Senior Editor - Amanda Webb

Team Dolly2009 Commencement Speech at the University of Tennessee