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College holds Convocation Sept. 9

The College will celebrate the beginning of the 2005–06 academic session with the traditional Convocation ceremony at noon on Friday, September 9, on Dandelion Square.

The annual event signals the return of the College community and gives students, faculty, and staff the chance to reconnect after the summer break and kick off the upcoming academic and social year.

Convocation includes presentation of the Goergen Awards for contributions to undergraduate education in the College. The formal event is followed by a College-wide picnic for students, faculty, and staff on "The Grove"—the lawn between Library Road and Susan B. Anthony Halls. Classes in the College are canceled from noon until 2 p.m. so that members of the College community can attend events.

In addition to kicking off the academic year, Convocation marks the beginning of the annual Yellowjacket Weekend celebration that includes the Fall Activities Fair from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Dandelion Square, showcasing the more than 200 student clubs and organizations on campus. Other Yellowjacket Weekend activities include a performance by comedian Hal Sparks on Friday night. On Saturday, there will be a tailgate party with vendors, carnival games, and a free concert by Pittsburgh-based rock band the Clarks. Yellowjacket fans can cheer on the soccer teams playing at home or take a ride across town to watch the football team take on longtime rival St. John Fisher College.

In case of rain, the College Convocation ceremony will be held in Strong Auditorium, picnic fare will be served in Douglass Dining Hall, and the Activities Fair will take place in the Field House of the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center.

The Eastman School of Music held its All-School Convocation on September 1 in Kilbourn Hall, and the School of Nursing also held its ceremony on September 1 at the Medical Center. The School of Medicine and Dentistry Convocation will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 22, in the Class of 1962 Auditorium at the Medical Center.


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