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Convocation events planned for Sept. 15 and 16

While the new academic year officially gets underway in August, the ceremonial opening will take place in mid-September amid celebrations of new partnerships, new facilities and new students. All events take place on the UMass Worcester campus on the campus green, except as noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Investiture: 4 p.m. on the campus green

Six faculty members will become named professors. UMass Worcester currently has 32 named professorships, precious and essential resources for the institution. Endowments increase UMass Worcester’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named chairs and professorships provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment of the academic and scientific environment.

Ribbon Cutting for the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC): 5:30 p.m. in the ACC lobby, reception and tours immediately following

UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care are proud partners in welcoming guest to a celebration of the opening of the Ambulatory Care Center, a seven-story, 258,000-square-foot building that will house a mix of ambulatory clinical care centers and clinical and translational research programs. It will provide integrated, patient-centered care in a state-of-the-art, comfortable and easily accessible environment. The new facility will house resources to conduct advanced clinical research to accelerate the translation of scientific breakthroughs into clinical applications. Reception and tours immediately following the ribbon cutting

Thursday, Sept. 16

Convocation: 10 a.m. to noon, with a campus barbeque following (tickets are required to attend the barbeque—RSVP here).

The UMass Worcester community welcomes author Charles Kenney, Ms. Sorrel King and Dr. George Dover to the University of Massachusetts Worcester. Mr. Kenney is a former journalist and the author of five works of nonfiction and three novels. In his book The Best Practice, Mr. Kenney describes how the new quality movement is transforming medicine. Ms. Sorrel King is the mother of a child whose death as a result of medical error is described in the book. George Dover, MD, is Pediatrician-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the chief physician at the time for the care of Ms. King’s daughter.

The Chancellor’s Awards will also be presented.

White Coat Ceremony: 4 p.m.

In the presence of family, guests, and faculty members, incoming first-year medical students are welcomed into the medical community by leaders of the medical school and ceremonially presented with their white coats by their learning community mentors.

For additional information and to RSVP for various events, see the full invitation.