At least two thousand freshmen, their parents and guests are expected to attend the 2001 UW Freshman Convocation, to be held at noon, Sunday, September 30 in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The annual event officially marks the beginning of the new academic year, with classes starting on Monday, October 1.
The principal speaker this year is P. Dee Boersma, professor of zoology and adjunct professor of women studies, author of numerous research publications, and the recipient of a variety of honors and awards, including a 1993 University Distinguished Teaching Award. The title of her convocation address is “Finding Your Passion.”
The academic procession will be led by Ronald M. Moore, associate professor of philosophy and university marshal, carrying the University mace. President Richard L. McCormick, members of the Board of Regents, deans, vice presidents, student leaders and recent faculty recipients of outstanding teaching awards, among others, will march in the procession.
The convocation will also feature music by the University Wind Ensemble. The event will be preceded by a no-host brunch at 10 a.m. in the Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom for freshmen, their families and guests, participants in the ceremony and other University representatives. A limited number of tickets for the brunch will be available at the door. Tickets are not required for the convocation ceremony. After the brunch, and preceding the ceremony, tours of campus will be offered. At the conclusion of the convocation, the Alumni Association will host an informal refreshment period.