New and returning University of Washington-Tacoma students will be decked out for a purple-and-gold parade through downtown Tacoma and a campus-wide community reception and fair at UW Tacoma’s 2013 Convocation on Friday, Sept. 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register online at tacoma.uw.edu/convocation The event formally welcomes new students to campus and will begin with a processional of students, families, faculty, staff and alumni, accompanied by musicians, following four different routes through downtown to the center of campus.
The parade will be followed by a brief welcome from Chancellor Debra Friedman and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and a campus fair featuring Tacoma businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Last year was UWT’s first convocation since 1999, and was enough of a success to establish a new tradition for the young campus.
“Our convocation reflects UWT’s mission to work in concert with our community in all things, including welcoming our new students,” Friedman said. “By symbolically starting their journey to campus from four of our closest partners, students will begin to understand that the whole community is committed to helping them achieve their educational dreams. And, frankly, it’s a lot more fun than a bunch of talking heads in an auditorium!”
The event is open to the public, and community members are welcome to join the processional along any of the four routes. Everyone who participates is encouraged to wear purple and gold to celebrate UWT's Husky spirit. Each of the four parade groups will be accompanied by musicians, including a middle-school drum line.
Welcoming remarks will begin at 2:25 on the staircase in the center of campus. The community fair begins at 3 p.m. Downtown Tacoma museums, retailers, food trucks and more will be at the fair, with products available to sample or buy.