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Hope College welcomes new students with convocation

HOLLAND (WHTC) -- Hope College will kick off the school year with its annual convocation on Sunday August 24. The public is invited to come out and welcome the 840 students in the incoming class. Hope College Provost Rich Ray said that convocation happens differently at every institution and at hope it really focuses on freshmen.

"We use (convocation) to try to speak to our new students, our first year students to help them frame the context by which they are going to be entering this learning community," Ray said. 

Dr. Patrice Rankine, the dean for the arts and humanities and a professor of classics at hope will give a speech called “The Urgency of Now.” Ray said Dr. Rankine’s speech will inspire students for the upcoming year. Convocation starts at 2 p.m. in the DeVos fieldhouse on Sunday August 24. Residence halls for new students will open on Friday, August 22 with new student orientation beginning later that day. Returning students will be able to move into residence halls on the same dya as convocation. Hope College fall semester classes begin on Tuesday, August 26. 

By: Claire Fodell