TSU Presidential Inauguration Held As Part Of Homecoming Weekend
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As part of Tennessee State University's homecoming weekend, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was officially installed as the eighth president of the school on Friday morning.
The investiture of Dr. Glover started at 9 a.m. at the Gentry Center. Local and state political leaders, as well as delegates representing other academic institutions, joined TSU officials and representatives in the procession.
An investiture is an academic ceremony that is medieval in origin, when students and faculty wore the robes of the clergy. Academic attire began to appear on United States campuses in the late 1890s. Since that time, its use has become customary primarily for university functions.
The homecoming festivities continue with a fish fry at 11 a.m., and a pep rally at 11:45 a.m. Friday in Hale Stadium.
The annual Homecoming Parade kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. Jefferson Street from 10th Avenue North to the TSU campus will be closed starting at 6:30 a.m., as well as the I-40 west exit ramp at Jefferson Street.
After the parade, traffic will be moving to LP field to tailgate for the game. More than 50 Metro police officers will be there to help with traffic flow.
Gates open at 7 a.m. for parking for the homecoming game against Eastern Illinois at 4 p.m.
Organizers said the key to enjoying all the festivities this weekend is to arrive early.