WMU's Fall Convocation to feature new format, location

Contact: Cheryl Roland

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A daylong celebration and collaborative gathering is being planned for Western Michigan University's 2016 Fall Convocation, scheduled to take place Friday, Sept. 30.

Members of the campus community are being asked to mark their calendars now and plan to be part of the event that will be based at the Bernhard Center.

2016 Fall Convocation

This fall's convocation will include:

  • A campuswide award ceremony recognizing achievement in teaching, research and service.
  • President John M. Dunn's State of the University address.
  • A Universitywide picnic.
  • A Teaching and Learning Bash.
  • Assessment in Action and Teaching with Technology conferences.

Fall Convocation has been held in early fall in the Dalton Center Recital Hall each year since 2008. Prior to that, timing for the annual convocation varied.  Fall Convocation has traditionally been the time for the president to present an annual address and for the campus community to honor standout faculty and staff members for service, teaching, and research and scholarly achievements. The new format and day of opportunity this year is the product of a collaboration involving the Office of Faculty Development, the Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of the President.

This year, the University launched a Spring Convocation in February to honor achievements in such areas as innovative teaching, diversity, discovery and global engagement. That event is expected to be repeated each spring going forward.

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