The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold spring commencement in three in-person ceremonies Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, on the main campus in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Commencement times are 6 p.m., May 6, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., May 7. Tickets are required to enter the Elam Center with social distancing requested. Doors will open 45 minutes before each ceremony begins.
Friday’s ceremony will feature students receiving graduate degrees; the 10 a.m. Saturday program will feature graduates from the colleges of education, health and behavioral sciences, and humanities and fine arts; and the 2 p.m. Saturday ceremony will include graduates from the colleges of agriculture and applied sciences, business and global affairs, and engineering and natural sciences.
Each ceremony 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 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.
UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver, will preside over each commencement ceremony, offer the commencement address and confer degrees. Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, will recognize honors graduates. Student Government Association President Sidney Church, of Santa Fe, Tennessee, will congratulate graduates on behalf of the student body.
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 UT Martin Alumni Council President Mark Joyner, of Paducah, Kentucky, will address the graduating class on behalf of university alumni. 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.