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Academic Advisement


Convocation Day
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Baruch College 2015 Freshman text:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

A study guide for the Freshman text is available at

Greetings Future Bearcats!

Congratulations again on your acceptance to Baruch College! The Student Life Team at Baruch College has been busy preparing for your arrival and are looking forward to meeting you. This is undoubtedly an exciting time as you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your life. We have little doubt that your journey with us is going to be marked with some exciting, challenging and memorable experiences.

Wednesday, August 26th, from 9am till 7pm marks the start of your Baruch College academic journey. We will kick off the year with the an official opening ceremony for new students - Baruch College Convocation Day. This is a defining ceremony where you will be formally inducted into the College. You will hear from Baruch College President, Dr. Mitchel Wallerstein as well as our Provost, Dr. David Christy. The Ceremony will also be attended by the College Deans as well as faculty and senior level administrators.

The day will be marked by many “firsts”. During the day you will attend your first class of the semester, Freshman Seminar, and get to meet your cohort for the first time. You will have the opportunity to attend engaging programs and workshops, meet your Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor, attend your very first Baruch College Block party (on the Baruch College Plaza!) and get a first-hand look at student life at Baruch College. It will undoubtedly leave you wanting more!

Each year, a committee of faculty, students, and administrators selects a book for the entire Baruch community to read as a shared activity. This year’s selection is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. As a gift for you to keep, we are presenting you with a free copy of this best-selling book. We ask that you read the book in its entirety by the time we reconvene at Convocation on Wednesday, August 26th. While reading, please make note of any powerful characters and/or scenes that captured your attention, left you wondering, or challenged your views. At Convocation, author Karen Joy Fowler will deliver the keynote address. Later in the day, your Freshman Seminar class will meet for the first time to further discuss the book’s themes.

We hope that by making We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves your summer reading, you will come to Baruch inspired to learn and to challenge yourself for what lies ahead.

On behalf of the Baruch College Student Life Team, I look forward to celebrating your journey with you!

Best Wishes,
Shadia A. Sachedina, Ed. D.
Director of Student Life

Deanne DeCrescenzo, M.A.
Associate Director of New Student Programs & Leadship Development


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Convocation/Baruch Beginnings Schedule of Events