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Faculty Convocation

 Twenty-third Annual Faculty Convocation

Please join President Shirley Raines
Provost Ralph Faudree for the

new home of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

and the

23rd Annual
University of Memphis
Faculty Convocation

Friday, April 23, 2010

One North Front Street
Downtown Memphis

1:45 pm


2:00 pm

Building Dedication

2:15 pm

Convocation Ceremony

3:30 pm

Reception Open House and Building Tours

Dedication of the new home of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Throughout its existence at 1 North Front Street in downtown Memphis, the building that is now home to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has served as a U.S. Customs House, Court House and Post Office. Erected in 1878, the 169,000 square-foot building is on the National Register of Historic Places. In January 2010, approximately 500 students, professors and staff of the University of Memphis began their semester in this transformed learning environment. Located in the heart of the legal, government and business hubs of Memphis, the beautiful, Classical Revival building will be the center for legal study and intellectual inquiry in the Mid-South.

The Academic Procession

The academic procession dates from earliest medieval universities where it marked important events in the life of the academic community of students and professors. The election of a new administrator, inceptions or graduations, were all occasions for great public celebrations with townspeople as well as with the scholars. The tradition of the academic procession continues today on many American and European campuses as a symbol of unity with the past and a tribute to the nobility of the profession of teaching and scholarship.

Click here for more information on the route for the 2010 processional.

Faculty Convocation

A convocation or gathering of academics is held annually to honor University of Memphis faculty for their contributions to research, teaching and advising.  Special recognition is given to outstanding faculty members by granting the following awards: Alumni Association Distinguished Research Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards, Alumni Association Distinguished Advising Awards, the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards, Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award, and the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.  This will be the first time that the faculty convocation ceremony will be held outside of the University’s main campus.

Award Winners for Faculty Convocation 2010 (click here)

Details for University of Memphis Faculty





Faculty Scholarship Week

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23

12:00 p.m.

McWherter Library Rotunda

Faculty Convocation Assemble and Robe

Friday, April 23

1:15 p.m.

Lobby of Courtyard by Marriott

Convocation Processional

Friday, April 23

1:45 p.m.

see below

Faculty Convocation Ceremony

Friday, April 23

2:00 p.m.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Regalia: Faculty members who wish to rent regalia for Faculty Convocation should call or email the Commencement Office IMMEDIATELY to place their order.  The rental charges are listed on the Commencement website under "Faculty Information" ( If you plan to use the regalia for Commencement on May 8, 2010, there will be only one charge for both occasions. The deadline for placing regalia orders is Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

Regalia pick up: Regalia for Faculty Convocation will be available for pick-up in the Commencement Office, 800 Wilder Tower, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, April 19-22.

Regalia drop off: Commencement Office Staff will be onsite at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to accept the return of regalia following the event.

Please note that unless you are an award recipient or presenter, it is not absolutely necessary for faculty to wear regalia to participate in the processional.  Information regarding regalia for 2010 award recipients will be issued separately.

Time: 1:15 p.m., April 23, meet in the Lobby of Courtyard by Marriott

Procession Route: The processional is planned to begin at the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street. They will proceed south along Main Street for three blocks and then turn onto the southwest corner of Madison Avenue. The academic processional will continue one block west, cross Front Street and proceed directly to the entrance of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law located at 1 North Front Street.  Please revisit this webpage closer to/or on the event day as the route could be modified in the event of inclement weather. This site will be updated accordingly.  A map of the planned processional route is accessible here.

Reception: There will be a reception in the Lobby of the Law School immediately following the Convocation ceremony.  Displays of Faculty Scholarship and tours of the renovated building will be available.

Shuttle Transportation from Main Campus:

  • We will have complimentary shuttle buses available for transportation from the main campus to the 23rd Annual Faculty Convocation and Public Dedication of the Law School building to be held downtown on Friday, April 23, 2010.

  • Reservations are required. Interested Faculty, Staff and Students should contact Ann Harbor (; x4308) immediately but no later than April 21 to apply for a confirmed seat on the complimentary shuttle.  Seating will be on a first-come, space available basis.

    • Shuttles will depart from the main campus promptly at 1:00 p.m. The buses will load beginning at 12:30 p.m. between the Field House and the Zach Curlin garage.  Riders should gather at the southern entrance to the Rose Theatre, nearest the Zach Curlin garage.

    • Return shuttles will depart from the Law School at 4:00 p.m


  • ADA Parking and Entrance is located at the north end of the building
  • Guests:

    Reduced Rate Self-Parking is available courtesy of the Metro 67 Madison Apartments, located one block east of the building.

    Additional self-parking is available for a fee at the following locations:
    • Central Parking System’s City Garage, 35 Monroe St. (corner of Front St. and Monroe St.)
    • Central Parking System’s Shoppers Garage, 85 N. Front St.

    • Metered parking where available.

  • Award Recipients/Ceremony Participants will be sent details regarding complimentary parking arrangements. Contact Susan Elliott at 901.678-5582 or email for details.

Faculty Scholarship Week
April 19-23, 2010

The Friends of the University Libraries proudly sponsor Faculty Scholarship Week, April 19-23. A collection of faculty work will be on display in the McWherter Rotunda and other activities are planned.


Archive Faculty Convocations:

Faculty Convocation 2009

Faculty Convocation 2008

Faculty Convocation 2007

Faculty Convocation and Faculty Scholarship Week for 2010

Faculty Scholarship Week
April 19-23, 2010

Faculty Convocation
April 23, 2010

Dedication of the Law School

The Academic Procession

Map of Processional Route

Faculty Convocation

Details for U of M Faculty



Faculty Scholarship Week

Contact Us - For additional information please contact Director of Special Events, Susan Elliott at or 901.678.5582.
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