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Just who was U of M President Eric Kaler's roommate when he was a graduate student?

University of Minnesota to welcome new students during action-packed convocation ceremony Thursday

Media Note: Media should meet at 9:15 a.m. in Mariucci Arena's Sundet Lobby (Fourth St. S.E. entrance) for access to convocation.

What: U of M Convocation ceremony
When: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Where: Mariucci Arena, 1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/29/2012) —Just who was University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s roommate when he was a graduate student here at the university?

The U of M’s Class of 2016 will be the first to learn this bit of trivia when the president and the university community officially welcome them to the U of M during an action-packed convocation ceremony from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 in Mariucci Arena, 1901 Fourth Street S.E., Minneapolis.

The president will also share sage advice with the estimated 5,500 first-year students on how to make the most of their four years here at the U of M. He even has a surprise for them.

This isn’t your parents’ convocation. Kaler’s humorous and direct style, combined with the Office of Undergraduate Education and Office of First-Year Programs’ ability to engage students creates a high-energy event.

U of M Convocation still retains rich traditions. The ceremony will open with the academic procession of university faculty and regents dressed in their regalia, a 2012 graduate will offer students advice, faculty will speak to them and the U of M Marching Band will lead everyone in the university’s hymn “Hail Minnesota!”

Convocation is part of the university's Welcome Week. Welcome Week consists of six days of activities and programming designed to give first-year students a positive start to their college careers. More information and a complete schedule of Welcome Week activities can be found at

Tags: All administrative: President, Provost, etc.

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