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President’s Opening Convocation marks official start to 2015-16 academic year

08/17/2015 10:32 am

 Media Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications – 815.226.3374


RLH_Podium‌Rockford University will celebrate the start of its 2015-2016 academic year with the President’s Opening Convocation on Friday, August 21, at 12 p.m., Maddox Theatre in the Rockford University Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

The formal opening convocation has been held annually since 1851. This event includes an academic procession of faculty in traditional robes depicting their rank, with stoles representing their respective alma maters and degrees. Remarks at the event will be given by President Robert L. Head, Ph.D. This year’s convocation is of special significance as it marks the final opening convocation for Dr. Head who announced in February 2015 that he will retire at the close of this academic year. President Head’s address is entitled “Life Lessons from an American Journey,” and will touch on not only his personal journey, but those of several who have been touched by Rockford University.

The President’s Opening Convocation also marks the start of the University’s Fall Forum Series. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required. The Clark Arts Center is accessible. For more information, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or