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Dolly’s Commencement Speech Led to New Book

Dolly PartonIn the spring of 2009, East Tennessee native Dolly Parton received an honorary degree from UT and gave a memorable commencement address in which she urged graduates to “dream more, learn more, care more, and do more.” Dolly has turned that message into a new book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You.

Dolly recently appeared on Good Morning America to talk about how her commencement address became a book. Watch the interview and a musical performance at

All sales of Dolly’s new book will benefit the Imagination Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by offering free books to children in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.