The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold fall commencement in three separate in-person ceremonies Dec. 10-11 on the Martin campus in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Commencement times are 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets are required to enter the Elam Center, and masks are encouraged but not required. Doors will open 45 minutes before each ceremony begins. Guests are asked to clear Skyhawk Arena for cleaning within 30 minutes after each ceremony ends.
Friday’s ceremony will feature students receiving graduate degrees; the 10 a.m. Saturday program will feature graduates from the colleges of education and behavioral sciences and fine arts; and the 1 p.m. Saturday ceremony will include graduates from the colleges of agriculture and applied sciences, business and global affairs, and engineering and natural sciences.
All three commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/utmartin and www.youtube.com/utmartin. The ceremonies will be archived for later viewing on YouTube and will also be broadcast live in Skyhawk Fieldhouse located adjacent to the Elam Center, which will allow up to 350 additional guests to view the commencements. While tickets are required to enter the Elam Center, additional tickets will not be required to access Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, will preside over the commencement ceremonies and offer the commencement address and confer degrees. Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, will recognize honors graduates. David McBeth, professor of art, will serve as the commencement mace bearer.
In addition, several speakers will appear virtually: the Rev. Sam Chambers, campus minister, UT Martin Wesley Foundation, will offer the invocation; UT President Randy Boyd will offer greetings and personal congratulations; and Student Government Association President Sidney Church, of Santa Fe, Tennessee, and UT Martin Alumni Council President Mark Joyner, of Paducah, Kentucky, will each address the graduating class. Each ceremony will close with the Alma Mater performed by the UTM Virtual Choir, recorded and edited by 2010 UT Martin graduate Joseph Sam.
Additional information is available by calling the Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.