Commencement celebrates the end of a student’s academic career at WSU. Academic Convocation, a new event that will take place for on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, will celebrate the beginning.
For the first time this fall, and every fall thereafter, WSU will host a convocation for all incoming WSU students. According to Linda Larrivee, dean of the School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences, the Academic Convocation “marks the official induction of all new students to Worcester State University’s academic experience.”
“This event officially welcomes [them] to the academic community of Worcester State University,” she says. It is an important event for new students as well as for faculty, staff, and administrators, according to Larrivee, who President Maloney asked to lead a cross-campus group charged with moving the original idea toward implementation. The event will begin with a procession through the Tiffany Alumni Gates on Chandler Street, which will be followed by a short speaking program in the Sullivan Auditorium.
Dean Larrivee hopes that this event will “instill the importance of students’ higher educational experience and highlight WSU’s commitment to supporting students in their academic goals.” It is “an opportunity for new students to see the commitment of the administration, faculty, and staff to students’ academic experiences, both in and out of the classroom.” The goals of Academic Convocation are to foster a stronger connection between new students and WSU and help them reach their goals.
Preceding the Academic Convocation, in the morning of September 1, the University will hold Opening Day, as has been done in the past. That business-oriented meeting kicks off the academic year for faculty and staff, while the Academic Convocation brings those employees together with new students to support them as they begin their academic experience at Worcester State.
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