With the 2019–2020 school year approaching, Convocation 2019 is here to kick off Fall quarter. This year’s convocation will be held at the Prairie Line Trail on September 25 during “Husky Hour” — UWT’s official lunch hour — from 12:30– 1:30 p.m. There will be a DJ playing music and the campus will be decorated with hundreds of purple and gold balloons and decor to celebrate the start of the new academic year.
Convocation is a tradition that is observed at many colleges across the United States at the start of the school year. The celebration is a way to kick off the beginning of the year and helps students meet fellow classmates and faculty/staff members.
UWT’s ceremony traditionally contains an opening ceremony, free lunch, t-shirts — at a first come first serve basis — and a great deal of socializing with fellow students, staff and faculty members.
For this year’s convocation, opening remarks will be given by Chancellor Mark Pagano, Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma President Vincent Da and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards.
When asked what Convocation means to new students, Vice-Chancellor of Student and Enrollment Services Mentha Hynes-Wilson stated, “Symbolically it represents the start of the new academic journey and the importance of gathering together as a community of friends and scholars. Huskies, after all, travel in packs, learning from each other, supporting each other and appreciating each other.”