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Aug. 5, 2005

ULM to Host Convocation, Grovestock and Tidwell Book Signing

On Monday, August 22, the first day of fall classes, the University of Louisiana at Monroe will host its annual Convocation welcoming students to ULM. The event will start with a march alongside the Sound of Today Marching Band to the coliseum from the Kitty Degree Bell Tower at 4:30 p.m.

This year's guest speaker will be Mike Tidwell, author of Bayou Farewell. Tidwell's book was the first selection in ULM's Summer Reading Program.

Convocation traditionally begins on the afternoon of the first day of classes with students, faculty, administrators and staff members assembling in front of the University Library to begin the march to Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Led by the President of ULM, the Sound of Today, ULM's marching band, crosses the Bayou DeSiard Bridge and enters the Coliseum followed by all participants. Once in the Coliseum, the semester is declared open. During the event, everyone is welcomed to campus, and the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes are recognized as well as others. The ceremony ends with the singing of the ULM Fight Song and Alma Mater.

Grovestock follows Convocation at 6 p.m. with food, music, and fun for all in the Grove. Everyone is invited.

Mike Tidwell will sign copies of Bayou Farewell at the ULM Book Store on Tuesday, August 23 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.

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