Utica College (UC) is welcoming about 710 new freshmen and transfer students as well as returning students for the fall semester as it launches its 2019-20 academic year, the college announced.
An annual convocation ceremony, a formal tradition for incoming students and marking the beginning of their academic careers at UC, was held Friday at the Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center.
The tolling of the bell atop Bell Hall, a gift from alumnus Randy Huta and his wife Carol, is a Utica College tradition that signals the beginning of the academic year, UC noted. Huta, associate professor emeritus of accounting, was a member of the class of 1963. The bell is also rung on the day of commencement, signaling the end of many students’ academic careers.
The convocation address was by Dr. Anthony Baird, founder of I AM EPPIC Enterprises, an educational, personal, and professional coaching firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College in 1993, and has a doctoral degree in higher education leadership and management from Johnson & Wales University.
Retiring after more than 25 years from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Charlton College of Business, most recently serving as director of corporate development, Baird will devote his time as principal consultant and manager of I AM EPPIC, said Utica College.
This fall, Utica College is introducing an accounting minor and a dual degree program for a bachelor’s in English and master’s in adolescence education grades 7-12. UC also said it will also offer a new master’s in accounting and three new nursing master’s programs including family nurse practitioner, nursing education and nursing leadership.