July 6, 2015
Dear faculty colleagues,
I hope you're enjoying your su mmer and that your activities will leave you energized for the upcoming academic year.
As you may know, we’ve been working for the past few years to enhance the CU Denver student experience and develop ways to make it more satisfying for our students. One way we have identified is to publicly and collectively welcome our new students and celebrate their entry into the CU Denver community of learners. We’ll be doing this at our New Student Convocation on Friday afternoon, August 14, three days before classes begin.
This ceremony serves as a bookend to the commencement ceremony, which we are hoping most of these new students will be attending in the next 4-6 years. We are trying to create some traditions for the campus and New Student Convocation is one of them.
I’m writing today to strongly encourage you to attend the August 14 event. Your involvement —preferably in academic regalia — gives the student convocation much of its symbolic importance and feeling of ceremony. It expresses, in visible fashion, the centrality and importance of the student-faculty relationship in a CU Denver education. It sends the clear message that we welcome our students with enthusiasm, support and the promise of opportunity.
Please register here
. The deadline to register and for faculty to request regalia is July 29.
Individual school/college receptions will precede the convocation ceremony. These will enable students to interact with faculty in a more casual environment. We encourage you to attend these, where you will have a chance to chat with students and promote courses, programs and research/creative work opportunities. Here is the schedule for the afternoon:
School/College Receptions, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Check in at Tivoli Commons at 3 p.m.
Convocation Ceremony, 5 - 6 p.m.
PE/Event Center Gym
BBQ, 6 - 8 p.m. (Faculty, staff and their families are welcome to attend)
CU Denver Athletic Field
I’m looking forward to celebrating the beginning of the new academic year with you, and to demonstrating together our strong commitment to our new students and their success.
Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs