Former USA Vice President Al Gore is the keynote speaker at commencement this year, on Friday, May 14. The ceremony begins at 8:30, on the far side of campus. This is all publicly known and posted on the university's website.
How early should I plan to be at work to avoid the hassles? I generally figure 30 minutes early on commencement because of the traffic, but for this I also need to consider Secret Service and Alcoa Highway being closed between the airport and the university. Which reminds me that I should probably take Old Knoxville Highway, rather than Alcoa Highway.
< Looks up stuff > Hm. Looks as though VPs receive protection for six months after their terms end, rather than the 10 years for a president, so no Secret Service. Still, local law enforcement may decide that Steps Should Be Taken.
I'm thinking I may want to be at work by about 6:30 or 7. What say you all?