UT MARTIN COMMENCEMENT SET FOR DEC. 9

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will hold spring
commencement exercises during two in-person ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Kathleen and
Tom Elam Center. Commencement times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets are not required to
attend either ceremony. Doors will open 45 minutes before each event begins. Kim Seymour,
chief human resources officer at Etsy.com and a UT Martin graduate, will deliver the
commencement address at both ceremonies.


Etsy’s LinkedIn site describes the company as “the global marketplace for unique and
creative goods.” In her position, Seymour oversees all aspects of the company’s human capital
plan. Her human resources management expertise includes talent assessment, succession
planning, organizational design, performance management and labor relations. She speaks
globally on these and other topics as well as her personal leadership philosophies.


Seymour previously held positions with WW International Inc., American Express,
Home Depot and General Electric. In addition to her UT Martin degree, Seymour earned an
MBA degree at Indiana University and a law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of
Law.


Dr. Yancy Freeman Sr., UT Martin chancellor, will preside over the two ceremonies in
his first commencement since being named to lead the university last summer. UT President
Randy Boyd will represent the UT System and confer degrees. Andy Collins, president of the UT
Martin Alumni Council, will represent alumni and congratulate graduates. A sign-language
interpreter will provide services for the hearing impaired during both commencement events.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include undergraduate and graduate-degree candidates from
the colleges of agriculture and applied sciences, and business and global affairs. The 2 p.m.
ceremony will also include both undergraduate and graduate-degree candidates and feature
graduates from the colleges of education, health and behavioral sciences, engineering and natural
sciences, and humanities and fine arts.


Each ceremony will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/utmartin and
www.youtube.com/utmartin. The ceremonies will be archived on YouTube for later viewing.
Contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations for additional information at 731-
881-7615.

CORPORATE EXECUTIVE TO SPEAK – UT Martin will
hold spring commencement exercises during two in-person ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 9, in the
Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Commencement times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets are
not required to attend either ceremony. Kim Seymour, chief human resources officer at Etsy.com
and a UT Martin graduate, will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies.

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