University of Washington President Michael Young will be the featured speaker at the UW’s 30th annual Freshman Convocation, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
About 5,000 people are expected to attend this event, which welcomes the entering class. Convocation officially marks the beginning of the academic year, with classes starting Sept. 25. The event will be broadcast live and will be rebroadcast by UWTV
The academic procession will be led by Ron Moore, professor of philosophy and university marshal, carrying the university mace. Provost Ana Mari Cauce, members of the board of regents, deans, vice presidents and student leaders, among others, will march in the procession. The convocation will feature music by the University Wind Ensemble.
Following the convocation President Young will host a picnic for attendees on Rainier Vista lawn. About 1,300 people are expected to attend.
Preliminary figures suggest the UW freshman class will include about 6,200 students.