FROM: Provost Philip Rous
We look forward to your participation in our Fall 2015 Convocation on Tuesday, August 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). This important event marks the formal beginning of UMBC’s academic year; one that holds much promise for excellence in teaching and learning, research, and service in our academic community.
Convocation is a special opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome new students to the UMBC community. We encourage you to participate in the academic procession that symbolizes the community of scholars and professionals that our talented and enthusiastic new students have joined. President Hrabowski will address the gathering, and we will continue the tradition of pinning the new students. The Presidential Teaching Professor for 2015-18, Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History, will also make brief remarks.
Immediately following Convocation, faculty and staff are invited to attend the community-wide picnic on the Quad. There is no charge for faculty and staff. We appreciate the assistance of our dining service provider, Chartwells, in sponsoring the picnic for the UMBC community. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in the Residence Life Dining Hall.
If you plan on participating in Convocation, please fill out the online registration form by August 15 so we can ensure you have a reserved seat at the event and place at the picnic.
Faculty and staff, including members of the platform party and all those in the academic procession, are required to march in regalia. To order regalia, please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for ordering regalia is July 12. If you plan to wear your own regalia, we ask that you please indicate so on the registration form.
The cost of regalia rental is underwritten by the Provost’s Office, if ordered by the deadline. Faculty and staff who order after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee. Regalia will be available for pick-up at the UMBC Bookstore August 17-21. Faculty and staff must be present to pick up their order.
NOTE: If you have ordered from UMBC before, your information will automatically populate in the form. If this is your first time ordering regalia, please be prepared to submit the following information: height, weight, cap size, highest degree earned, and name of the school where degree was earned.