UTM to host first-ever investiture ceremony Friday

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host its first-ever investiture ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Kathleen and tom Elam Center.

The public is invited to attend this historic event. There is no charge for admission.

The investiture serves as a platform to celebrate the university’s commitment to academic excellence and its mission. The event underscores the importance of recognizing and supporting the new chancellor’s role in guiding the university community toward its collective goals.

The theme of the investiture event is “Ready, Set, Soar!”

Freeman started his university career as a recruiter while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then became that university’s associate director of admissions.

He served as the UTC vice chancellor for enrollment management and student success in 2017 and was then named vice chancellor of enrollment management and student affairs in 2018 before being confirmed as UT Martin’s 12th chancellor last July by the UT Board of Trustees. His appointment was effective Aug. 9, 2023.

Freeman is also the first African-American chancellor to serve at an undergraduate University of Tennessee campus.

Dignitaries from colleges and universities across Tennessee and across the nation have been invited to witness the official induction of Freeman as UT Martin chancellor. Governmental and civic leaders and other notable people have also been invited to attend this historic ceremony.

Scheduled speakers at the event include UT System President Randy Boyd, UT Martin Faculty Senate President Dr. Dan McDonough, UT Martin Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier and UT Martin Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Andy Lewter.

For more information about the UT Martin investiture ceremony, visit investiture.utm.edu.

Photo: The investiture ceremony for Chancellor Yancy Freeman – shown speaking at the fall commencement last December – will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

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