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Convocation speakers welcome new students with tradition
Date: August 26, 2013
Fifty years ago, Grand Valley welcomed its first students, its pioneer class.
On August 23 during Convocation at the Fieldhouse Arena, faculty and staff members welcomed the newest Lakers, who represent the Class of 2017. The venue was different, and the technology has, of course, changed, but the messages presented by speakers during Convocation likely had similar themes to those presented in 1963: Grand Valley is a student-centered institution that offers a liberal education.
President Thomas J. Haas told first-year students that a liberal education remains the cornerstone of Grand Valley. “We want a diploma from Grand Valley to signal to employers and to the community that you are a critical thinker,” Haas said, adding, “you value diversity of thought and you understand the complexity of the world and the value of teamwork.”
Haas urged new students to take advantage of the university’s newest facilities: the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and the L. William Seidman Center. He said those facilities and many other resources available on campus will help students apply knowledge and achieve.
A video, "Grand Valley State Through the Decades," seen above, premiered at Convocation.