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TRU convocation, open house in store

October 10, 2015 4:00 A.M.
TRU's fall convocation is set for Friday, Oct. 16, at the Tournament Capital Centre. (TRU)

Next week will be a particularly busy one for TRU on campus and off campus.

Fall convocation is set for Friday, Oct. 16, at the Tournament Capital Centre. The next day the university opens its doors to the community for its fall open house on Saturday, Oct. 17.

A couple hundred graduates will be crossing the stage on Friday. In all, about 270 have registered for the ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m.. Hundreds of family, friends and members of the TRU community will be there to celebrate with the grads. It will be the final graduating class of TRU’s year-long 45th anniversary celebrations.

Christine-Bovis Cnossen, TRU’s new provost, will serve as master of ceremonies. Professor emeritus recognition will be bestowed on Roger Collins, retired from the school of business and economics, and Christopher Walmsley of the faculty of human, social and educational development.

Free parking will be available in Lot N, which is the spacious lot by the Residence and Conference Centre. Because the lot and your parking space may be close to a kilometre from the Tournament Capital Centre, a free shuttle service will run from Lot N every 15 minutes from 12:45 to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. (and later if the ceremony runs late).

Then comes the open house, offering something for just about everyone next Saturday.

Nearly every department on campus will be represented with participation coming from staff, faculty and students. Complementing general and specific information sessions will be tours and a resource fair. 

Culinary arts students will provide a tour of their professional kitchen as well as give a cooking demonstration of cherries jubilee and beef bourguignon. For a glimpse inside a courtroom, the faculty of law will stage a simulated trial for one hour in their moot courtroom.

“This is going to be a jam-packed day full of excitement, informative sessions and the chance to meet current students and professors,” says Kyri Alves, TRU’s manager of student recruitment, which is planning the open house.

The day runs 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. with check-in and late registration at the open house headquarters located on the second floor of the Campus Activity Centre. Pre-registration is encouraged and as an incentive, those registering and attending will be entered into a draw for a $200 gift certificate from Best Buy.

“Students won’t be able to see it all, but given the vast offerings, they’ll be able to design their day according to their interests. A resource fair with more than 30 booths will be going through the day so guests will be able to visit and collect information they may have missed at a session.”

Attention is being paid to mature students and those from the general public. Learn more about online and distance classes, transferring credits from another college or university, or how to build on a bachelor’s degree with a master of business administration or master of science in environmental science.

Alves said attendance could be as high as 300 with the majority being prospective students, still in high school and from the Interior. The rest will be from other parts of B.C., the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Alberta.

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