What is an investiture?
An investiture is a traditional academic ceremony that formally recognizes the appointment of a new chief executive sometime after he or she has taken office. Our event will celebrate Chancellor Beverly Davenport as UT Knoxville’s eighth chancellor and give her an opportunity to lay out her vision for our campus to an audience including trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, representatives of government and other institutions of higher education, and the general public.
Why should you attend?
An investiture—which is sometimes called an inauguration—is one of academia’s unique and special celebrations. UT Knoxville has had only a handful of investitures, so this will be an historic event. Also, attending the investiture will allow you to hear firsthand as Chancellor Davenport outlines her plans and hopes for UT Knoxville’s future.
Who else is invited and why?
We’ve invited about 300 other universities to send a representative to the investiture to help celebrate Davenport’s appointment. They include Tennessee universities, schools where Davenport attended or worked, other SEC universities and large research universities.
Some invitees will send representatives to Knoxville. Others will ask UT faculty who are alumni of their institutions to represent them at the event. All of the invitees, whether or not they’re able to send a representative, have been asked to send a congratulatory letter for a special book that will be compiled and presented to Chancellor Davenport.