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Aug. 24: Opening convocation

FREDERICK, Md.—With a new president presiding, Hood College will mark the start of its 123rd academic year and welcome nearly 650 new students at its annual Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Hodson Outdoor Theater.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., who became Hood’s 11th president on July 1, will welcome new and returning students to campus; Edgar Schick, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, will recognize outstanding student achievements; and Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology and chair of the faculty senate, will give the keynote address.

This year’s group of new students includes 262 new first-year students, 42 of whom have enrolled in the Honors Program, and 137 new transfer students from 36 different two-year and four-year institutions. Members of the Class of 2019 hail from 18 states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries. There are 244 new graduate students who will be pursuing master’s degrees. Hood’s total student population this year will be 2,221.

During the ceremony, members of the Class of 2019 will recite the Hood honor code pledge. Also, each member of the senior class will receive a class pin from Hood’s alumni executive board in recognition of attaining senior status and their forthcoming transition from students to alumni.

There are several new academic programs rolling out this year. The bachelor of science in nursing and the BSN completion program are fully operational and enrolling students. There are also new, five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, environmental biology, English and history.

The graduate school is now offering a master of science in counseling with specializations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. The graduate school is also launching a revised certificate in bioinformatics.

The College’s Center for Global and International Studies is offering three career-oriented tracks: international business, international politics and international not-for-profit organization. Also, the first-year seminar program has been approved and is operational as part of the College core.

During the summer, first-year students read Joshua Davis’ “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream” for small-group discussions about the themes, issues and conflicts raised in the book. Specially trained Hood faculty, staff and students co-facilitate these discussions. Davis will visit campus Oct. 21 for a public lecture and book signing.

First-year students have also enrolled in special first-year seminar courses, designed to sharpen presentation and writing skills while exploring interdisciplinary subjects within small classroom settings. Students chose from 16 seminar courses, including The Dead Speak: Tut’s Tomb to the Donner Pass; Who’s on First? Sports in American Life; Fairy Tales: Transformations and Transgressions; and Dealing with Anger: A Philosophical and Ethical Investigation.

For more information, contact Dave Diehl at diehl@hood.edu or 301-696-3803.