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September 6, 2005

University of Washington Freshman Convocation Sept. 25

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At least two thousand freshmen, their parents and guests are expected to attend the 2005 UW Freshman Convocation, to be held at noon Sept. 25 in the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The annual event officially marks the beginning of the new academic year, with classes starting on Sept. 28.

The principal speaker this year is Priti Ramamurthy, associate professor of women studies, who has been the recipient of a variety of academic honors over the years, including a University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. The title of her convocation address is “Worldly Selves, Thinking Matters.”

The academic procession will be led by Ronald M. Moore, associate professor of philosophy and University marshal, carrying the University mace. President Mark A. Emmert, 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 before the ceremony, tours of campus will be conducted by the Associated Students of the University of Washington. At the conclusion of the convocation, the Alumni Association will host an informal refreshment period.