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Opening Convocation is Aug. 27, 11 a.m., in Harris Courts

Written by St. Andrews

St. Andrews University campus-wide Opening Convocation will be held in Harris Courts, Aug. 27, beginning at 11 a.m.

The event is for all new and returning students, faculty and staff.  St. Andrews also welcomes community members to attend.  New first year and transfer students will be part of the signing of the Community Honor Code Ceremony.

Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, University Marshal Dr. David Herr and Mr. Loren Cornish, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will have representative parts in Convocation.

Student Government Association president Nathaniel Rivas-Blackwell ‘20

will address his classmates and welcome new students.

St. Andrews campus president Paul Baldasare Jr. ‘77 is the Convocation speaker and his speech is titled “Lean In.”

Classes are meeting on the first day (Aug. 27) and will be modified to accommodate the Convocation:  (8-9.15) meets from 8-8.40;  (9.30-10.45) meets from 8.55-9.35;  (11-12.15) meets from 9.50-10.30;  Convocation/lunch 11-1 p.m.;  (12.30-1.45) meets from 1.15-1.55;  (2-3.15) meets from 2.10-2.50;  (2-5) meets from 2.10-5 p.m.  No changes for evening classes.

Lunch for all who attend begins following Convocation and will be served in both Harris Courts and Belk.​

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University.  The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.