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Baruch College Welcomes More than 2,200 First-Year Students for Fall 2019 Semester



Baruch College will welcome new undergraduates to campus as part of the traditional Convocation ceremony on August 26. Approximately 2,275 first-year students will attend Baruch during the fall 2019 semester, the largest number in more than a decade.  

Convocation serves as a celebratory event to mark the launch of the students’ academic careers at Baruch, and their induction into the entire campus community.

The New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) office organized Convocation 2019 in conjunction with the Division of Student Affairs. The NSFP office serves as a resource for newly enrolled undergraduates focusing on creating a smooth transition for both students and their families.

Convocation for First-Year Students: August 26

Convocation 2019 is taking place on Monday, August 26. Students will hear from Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs James McCarthy, and Art King, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

This year’s keynote speaker is Akhil Sharma, an Indian-American author and professor of creative writing. Sharma’s award-winning novel Family Life is required reading for all first-year students, who will discuss the book in seminar classes throughout the semester. Upper-class students teach these seminars and serve as peer leaders.

In addition to the Convocation ceremony, a variety of events will take place, including student talent shows, speed meeting, a club fest, and a reception for families.

Full Convocation program schedule is available here.

‘Back to School’ Events

The College’s Office of Student Life is hosting several events during the first week of school that all Baruch students can attend.  

  • August 28, 12:40-2:20: Polaroid Wednesday (NVC Building, 2nd Floor Lobby)
    Undergraduate Student Government is throwing it back to the 90’s by providing free polaroid photos
  • August 29, 12:40-2:20: Club Fair (NVC Gym)
    Exhibition of all Baruch College clubs
  • August 29, 6:00-8:00: Media Suite Open House (NVC Building, 3rd Floor Suites & USG)
    Students meet and greet with the Baruch College media groups: WBMB Radio Station, Encounters Literary Magazine, Lexicon Yearbook and The Ticker newspaper
  • August 29, 6:00-9:00: USG Loft Party (NVC Building, Room 1-107)
    Welcome back party hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government featuring food, games, and giveaways
  • September 3, 12:40-2:20: Latinx Heritage Month Opening Ceremony (NVC, 2nd Floor Lobby)
    Kick-off event for Latinx Heritage Month where students enjoy music, food, performances, and giveaways

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 (Story published on 8/26/19)

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