Known originally as West Tennessee State Normal School, the institution opened its doors Sept. 10, 1912, with Dr. Seymour A. Mynders as president. Students in the first classes selected blue and gray as the school colors. Tradition holds that the colors, those of the opposing armies during the Civil War, were chosen in commemoration of the reuniting of the country after that divisive conflict. -Continue Reading-


Tiger Traditions

Since 1912, our University has proudly sent well over 100,000 graduates into the world. These scholars have gone on to shape our community and our future, and they have each played a part in writing our history and creating our traditions. The UofM Alumni Association charges each member of our Tiger family to uphold these traditions and write your own Tiger Tale. Take those memories with you and continue to spread your Tiger Pride. Remember, wherever you are, you’re a Tiger!



 Eye of the Tiger

The Eye of the Tiger Award is presented to individuals or groups who contribute to the welfare and traditions of the University of Memphis and to our community. The award is sponsored by the UofM Alumni Association and presented in the pregame show at each home Tiger football game. Recipients are selected by a committee of University officials.

2016 Honorees:

  • Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, Professor of Physics and Materials Science; Founder and Director, MemphisCRESH Summer Internship Program
  • Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Memphis; Professor; Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School; Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Dr. J. Helen Perkins, Associate Professor of Reading and Urban Literacy
  • Dr. Warren O. Haggard, Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering; Associate Dean of Research and Gradate Studies; Interim Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dr. Gregory Washington, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work; Director of the Center for the Advancement and Youth Development; Coordinator for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change African-American Male Initiative
  • Dr. Roxane Coche, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Strategic Media
  • Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz, Interim Dean, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Yearbook Archives

Every issue of the Memphis DeSoto and Lambuth Lantern yearbooks have been archived online.

Click here to view them.

The online archive also includes the University of Memphis Commencement programs, Telephone Directories, the Bulletin/Class Directories and the Lambuth Bulletin and Catalogs.

Together, We Make Memphis Stronger