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University to celebrate 500th Convocation

The Board of Trustees and the President of the University invite you to celebrate the University's 500th Convocation on October 9, 2009.  Learn more >




Address by Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus


Address by President Robert J. Zimmer




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How did we get to the 500th?

Since its founding 117 years ago, the University has held a graduation ceremony, or Convocation, at the end of every academic quarter, allowing students to graduate in a formal ceremony immediately upon completion of their degree programs rather than waiting for a ceremony at the end of the academic year. Convocations have also been held to mark significant occasions in the life of the University, such as inaugurations of University presidents and significant milestones including the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th anniversaries of the school.

Each of the officially numbered Convocations have in common the awarding of degrees, either in course or honorary, as approved by the faculty and voted by the Board of Trustees. There are two additional Convocations held on campus each year to welcome first-year students in the fall and returning alumni in the spring; because degrees are not awarded, these ceremonies are not numbered.




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500th Convocation

The University will celebrate the 500th Convocation in a special ceremony October 9, 2009.