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Homecoming 2019: Grand Marshal

Marc Burnett

Vice president of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Marc Burnett to serve as grand marshal of Tech’s homecoming parade

Vice president of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Marc Burnett has been involved with Tennessee Tech’s homecoming since 1977—first as a student and then as an administrator.  He’s had the opportunity to view homecoming festivities, including the parade and game, from many different perspectives and for the last 29 years, has been responsible for the parade’s production.  At Tech’s 89th Homecoming on November 9, 2019, Burnett will have the most unique perspective of all. 

“I consider being selected as grand marshal in my final semester here quite an honor,” said Burnett.  “I’ve always simply wanted to help students and be a good ambassador for my university, and I think being grand marshal is somewhat synonymous with an ambassador.”

Burnett graduated from Tech in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in English-Journalism.  He also earned two graduate degrees from Tech:  a master’s in educational psychology and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision.  As the lead administrator in student affairs, he has worked with students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain student development and has overseen policies and programs within the Division of Student Affairs.  He recently announced his intent to retire in December after nearly four decades of service to the University. 

Tech’s 2019 homecoming parade begins at 10:30 a.m. along Dixie Avenue, and this year’s theme is “A Jukebox Homecoming.”  Tailgate activities will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the homecoming game against Jacksonville State at 1:30 p.m. 

“Homecoming has always been an amazing event to me,” said Burnett.  “In many ways, it’s like receiving a surprise package every single year.  You never really know who’s coming, and I’ve always anxiously awaited the arrival of friends and family who attend.  Reliving Tech through the eyes of those who remember you is priceless.” 

Burnett will be in the tailgate park in the West Stadium lot in front of Hooper Eblen Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and all alumni and friends are invited to visit.

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