The University of Tennessee at Martin will officially begin work on “The NPHC Greek Garden at Unity Circle” during a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m., April 24, north of Clement Hall. This tribute area will honor the “Divine Nine” traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, all of which are represented at UT Martin.
“The Divine Nine chapters are part of the historic fabric of UT Martin,” said Dr. Andy Lewter, vice chancellor for student affairs. “They add a great deal to the college experience, not just for their members but for the entire student body. I’m glad we will have a dedicated place on campus to honor their contributions to our university.”
This new garden area will feature individual plaques with information on the founding and purpose of each of the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters on the UT Martin campus. An official dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 2, during UT Martin’s homecoming festivities.
The nine National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations represented at UT Martin are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Phi Sorority Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Student Life and Multicultural Affairs at 731-881-7525.