Get ready to ring in the academic year! Convocation will commence on Sunday, an event that is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and various academic units. The purpose of Convocation is to welcome our new undergraduate and transfer students to UMKC, introduce them to our campus, and help them engage with the faculty to support their transition to UMKC.
Convocation will be held August 19th at 1:00pm in the Swinney Recreation Center. UMKC Director of Latina/Latino Studies Dr. Miguel Carranza will be the featured speaker, and University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe will be speaking, as well. All faculty members are welcome to join in this tradition in Swinney and you can contact your Dean for the academic unit-specific portion of the program. Following the formal event, students will be escorted to academic unit-specific events, ending with UnionFest in the UMKC Student Union around 2:30 p.m.
As part of UMKC’s vision to place student success at the center of our attention, Convocation provides an opportunity for faculty to provide a “high impact” educational experience associated with student engagement and retention. One of the most important foundations for success is forming professional relationships between students and faculty. New Student Convocation gives students the perfect opportunity to engage with their peers and faculty prior to the start of classes and begin their experience at UMKC with the best chance of success.
If you would like to learn more about Convocation and the other planned Welcome Week activities, please visit the Welcome Week website.
–Eric Grospitch, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Students