Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

The Graduate Student Senate is the official voice of graduate and professional students across a wide range of disciplines at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We serve over 6000 students that have chosen to continue their education for the purpose of extending the boundaries of human knowledge and improving the lives of people in the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. This body consists of student representatives from each academic department of the University that offers graduate or advanced professional degrees or graduate certificates. 

The senator’s duties are to voice concerns and propose ideas to improve the graduate student experience. Our role in GSS is to advocate for all graduate/professional students and convey their views/priorities to the UT administration.

Serving in the Graduate Student Senate is both an amazing opportunity and a serious responsibility. We are obligated to represent our fellow constituents. It is our duty to serve as a liaison between the UT administration and the graduate student body. We hope to strategize with our fellow graduate student senators to identify common goals and implement plans to make our shared goals a reality.


Fall 2023 Eras

Visit our events page and follow us on Instagram @utkgss to learn more about our fall events!

GSS events for the fall semester displayed in the theme and colors of Taylor Swift's Eras tour poster. - Orientation Mixer 8/15 - Senate Session 1 - 8/31 - Senate Session 2 - 9/21 - Town Hall on Student Needs - 9/25 - Movie Night - 10/3 - Senate Session 4 - 10/19 - UT Homecoming - 10/30-11/4 - Senate Session 4 - 11/16 - End of Year Potluck - Dec. 2023