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Convocation 2016

Friday, September 16, 10 a.m.

Drexel University Recreation Center
3301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Convocation marks the traditional beginning of the academic year and offers a chance to rededicate ourselves to Drexel's mission of teaching, research and service to society. This year’s Convocation takes on extra significance as it marks the beginning of the 125th Anniversary of the University. The ceremony serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are to be part of a long legacy of educators and innovators, connected by a desire to shape future generations and build a stronger community.

The 2016 Convocation will take place on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Drexel University Recreation Center. Faculty, professional staff and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony. Please register online by Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Regalia can be ordered during registration courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

The keynote address will be delivered by Michael M. Crow, the president of Arizona State University (ASU). Michael is leading the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s foremost public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he designed known as the “New American University.” Michael’s vision for ASU correlates in many ways with our strategy of Transforming the Modern Urban University.

Procession and Regalia

Convocation begins with a procession of faculty, professional staff and graduate students in academic regalia. 

Faculty, professional staff and graduate students who are processing should gather at 8:30 a.m. in the first floor lobby of the Recreation Center to pick up their regalia. A continental breakfast will be provided. Participants will begin lining up by college or school at 9:30 a.m., and the procession into the ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please register online by Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Regalia can be ordered during registration courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

Stage Party

Members of the Executive Council are invited to join the trustees and special guests as part of the stage party. The stage party should gather at 8:30 a.m. in the second floor group exercise room of the Recreation Center to pick up their regalia. A continental breakfast will be provided. The stage party will begin lining up at 9:30 a.m., and the procession into the ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please register online by Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Regalia can be ordered during registration courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

General Attendance

The Recreation Center will open for general attendance at 10 a.m., through the north entrance from the Fitness Plaza. Professional staff should check with their supervisor before attending. All attendees are requested to register online by Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Community Reception

Immediately following the Convocation ceremony, a reception for attendees will be held on the Fitness Plaza.

Disability Accommodations

Attendees requiring specific aids or services should contact the Office of Disability Resources directly at 215.895.1401 or disability@drexel.edu.

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