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Fall Convocation
Luis Alberto Urrea

Last year's UTSA Fall Convocation and this year's keynote speaker, author Luis Alberto Urrea

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(Aug. 22, 2013) -- UTSA will host the 2013 Fall Convocation for incoming freshmen on Monday, Aug. 26 in the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. The convocation is an opportunity for the university community to welcome the UTSA Class of 2017 and to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. This year's event will be UTSA's 12th annual convocation.

Because of high number of new students in the UTSA colleges, there will be two ceremonies:

  • 10-11 a.m.: College of Architecture, College of Public Policy, College of Sciences and University College
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Education and Human Development

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one or both ceremonies; attendance is mandatory for new students. Lunch will be served between the two ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Convocation Center east lawn.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the Freshman Common Reading, "The Devil's Highway," will deliver the keynote address. All faculty, staff and students also are invited to the Meet and Greet with Urrea from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) in the University Center.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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