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Photos: Opening Convocation

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2016) – New Great Danes were officially welcomed to campus last Friday during the University’s second annual Opening Convocation ceremony at SEFCU Arena.

While Commencement marks the completion of study, Opening Convocation celebrates a student's entry into higher education. It introduces the importance of UAlbany’s academic mission, campus traditions and sense of community.

This year’s ceremony was open to more than 3,700 freshmen and transfer students along with their families, friends and the University community. Faculty in attendance wore academic regalia.
UAlbany President Robert Jones addressed the group, along with James R. Stellar, the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; student Mady Kahn of the Class of 2018; Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education Jeanette Altarriba; and Student Affairs Vice President Michael N. Christakis.

President Jones reminded students that they are entering the University during its largest academic expansion in 50 years. This is the first class who can major in computer engineering or earn a degree in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. They also can take advantage of UAlbany’s deepened affiliation with Albany Law School and seamless transfer to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

 “I hope you will seize this opportunity and truly leverage the amazing educational journey that is before each and every one of you,” Jones said.

Following the ceremony, new students, dressed in gold T-shirts, formed a giant “A” at Bob Ford Field for a class photo.

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