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UMass Lowell Convocation to Welcome Students to the River Hawk Community

In-Person Event to Mark Offficial Start of Academic Year

Two students smile for the camera at Convocation Photo by Tory Wesnofske
UMass Lowell will officially begin the fall semester at Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 31.


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WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information. Attending media members are asked to wear face coverings.

WHAT: UMass Lowell will welcome first-year and transfer students, along with the sophomore class, into the campus community at an in-person Convocation ceremony. The event will mark the official start of the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Nana Younge, executive director of Get Girls Going and a 2018 UMass Lowell graduate, will deliver the event’s keynote remarks, in which she will share her journey and hopes for incoming students. While pursuing her UMass Lowell bachelor’s degree in business administration, Younge founded the nonprofit to empower Black teen girls to be change-makers and find purpose through entrepreneurship. 

UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney will welcome students as River Hawks at the event, which will include remarks from Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman. Student Government Association President Neyder Fernandez of Lowell, a double-major in political science and peace and conflict studies, will address his classmates. Students will also hear about the university’s DifferenceMaker program, which teaches participants entrepreneurial skills they can use to launch their own businesses and nonprofits. The UMass Lowell Marching Band will perform the national anthem and “River Hawk Pride,” the university’s fight song, under the direction of Daniel Lutz, director of university bands.