The Torchbearer is the highest student honor conferred by the University of Tennessee. Torchbearers are Seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence. It is awarded for academic achievement and outstanding commitment to others as demonstrated by the student's various activities and significant contributions to the University and the community. Students chosen for this award embody the Volunteer spirit, displaying initiative and service in the best interest of both the University and their fellow student. Recognition as a Torchbearer reminds all students that those who bear the Torch of Enlightenment shadow themselves to give light to others.
Below are previous Department of Sociology Torchbearers:
- Marira Urias (2021)
- Valerie King (2015)
- Eric Dixon (2014)