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President’s Opening Convocation officially marks start of 2016-17 academic year

08/22/2016 12:30 pm


Rockford University will celebrate the start of its 170th year with the President’s Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26, 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 Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D. This year’s convocation is of special significance as it marks the first opening convocation for Dr. Fulcomer, who took over as the University’s 18th president on July 1, 2016. President Fulcomer’s address is entitled “Reframing,” and will encourage students to embark on this new year with a new frame of mind and to be ready to explore the many opportunities that will be presented to them as college students.

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