UT Martin schedules commencement plans

UT Martin schedules commencement plans
The University of Tennessee at Martin commencement will be May 10 with Dr. David LaVelle, UT?Martin alumnus and Memphis surgeon, delivering the commencement address. Set for 11 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, a record 768 graduates are slated to receive diplomas.
UT?Martin Chancellor Dr. Tom Rakes will preside over the exercises and confer degrees. Dr. Paul Sharma, UT National Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, will be the mace bearer, and the processional marshals will be Dr. Elaine Harriss, faculty senate president; Dr. Richard Joost, faculty senate representative; Al Hooten, vice chancellor for finance and administration; and Dr. Jerald Ogg, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Delana Easley, UT?Martin accompanist, and the UT?Martin saxophone quartet will perform the processional, and the quartet will perform special music. Dr. Dwight Gatwood, professor of music who is retiring after 36 years, will perform the alma mater, which he composed. Immediately following commencement, a reception will be hosted in Skyhawk Fieldhouse.
LaVelle joined the medical staff of Campbell Clinic in Memphis in 1985 after graduating from the University of Tennessee Martin, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completing his residency at Campbell Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is on the medical staffs of Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, East Memphis Surgery Center and Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He also is an associate professor at UT Health Science Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Richards/Smith and Nephew professional consultant. He has an extensive list of books and publications, research projects, national and international visiting professorships and invited lectures. He serves as chair of the Campbell Clinic Implant Research and Development Committee.
Each graduate will receive up to six free tickets to admit his or her guests. Overflow seating with a video and audio feed of the ceremony will be provided in the fieldhouse for all guests without tickets.
Graduates can get their tickets at the Grand Finale Senior Walk on April 30 and later that afternoon immediately following the student commencement practice in the Elam Center. Tickets for graduating students will remain available in the Office of Academic Records until 5 p.m., May 9.
A limited number of additional complimentary tickets will be available to graduates (up to an additional six tickets) and to faculty and staff and the general public (up to two per person), on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last, beginning May 1, in the Office of Academic Records on the first floor of the Administration Building. Any tickets not claimed by 5 p.m., May 9, will be distributed to the general public at a designated area outside the Elam Center beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the spring commencement ceremony, May 10.

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