Jerry Reese, New York Giants senior vice president and general manager, will be the commencement speaker at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Martin, on May 14.
Commencement will begin at 11 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, where 710 graduates are slated to receive diplomas.
UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes will preside over the ceremony and confer degrees.
Dr. David Millhorn, UT executive vice president, will represent Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT president, and congratulate graduates. Dr. Jerry Gresham, UT Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, will be the mace bearer. The processional marshals will be Dr. Janet Wilbert, faculty senate president; Dr. Mike McCullough, faculty senate vice president; Al Hooten, vice chancellor for finance and administration; and Len Solomons, vice chancellor for university advancement. Dr. Elaine Harriss, UT Martin Department of Music interim chair, will perform the processional and recessional music.
Immediately following commencement, a reception will be hosted in Skyhawk Fieldhouse. A live webcast of the commencement ceremony will be available at http://webcast.utm.edu/UTMms01/Viewer/
Reese is in his fifth year as senior vice president and general manager, having been with the Giants since 1994.
A native of Tiptonville, he played for the Lake County Falcons’ 1980 state champion Class A high school football team. He then played for UT Martin, where he was later an assistant head coach before taking a job as a scout for the New York Giants. From 2002 until becoming general manager, he was the director of player personnel for the Giants.
Reese’s first four seasons at the top of the franchise’s football operations included a 40-24 regular-season record, a 4-1 postseason mark and a victory in Super Bowl XLII and a NFC East championship. In 1995, he was inducted into the UT Martin Hall of Fame and, in 2008, he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Reese is married to the former Gwen Moore. They have two children, Jasmyne Danielle and Jerry II.
At UT Martin, each graduate will receive up to six complimentary 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 Celebration and Senior Walk on Wednesday or 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 13.
A limited number of additional complimentary tickets will be available to graduates, faculty and staff and the general public (up to two per person) on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Office of Academic Records on the first floor of the Administration Building.
Any tickets not claimed by 5 p.m. May 13 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.