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Convocation Day
Monday, August 26, 2019

First-Year Convocation – Fall 2019Logo: Baruch College NSFP (New Student and Family Programs)
Monday, August 26
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


First Year Convocation is a MANDATORY inaugural event that welcomes and acclimates all newly admitted first-year students to the Baruch Campus. 

  • Through a formal opening ceremony, students will hear from College administrators, the Undergraduate Student Government President, and Keynote Speaker, Akhil Sharma, author of the First- Year Text, "Family Life"
  • The incoming class will then begin to build relationships with fellow peers and student leaders in their First Year Seminar class (FYS 1000). The first session provides students with the opportunity to meet their instructor and peer mentor, eat lunch, and engage with classmates, who will share the same block schedule of classes for the fall semester
  • Additionally, the day includes breakout fun activities for students and a Family Orientation & Reception

We look forward to seeing you on August 26th!

First-Year Seminar – FYS 1000

This required seminar is designed to prepare new students to make the pivotal transition from high school to college by providing necessary tools and resources to be successful here at Baruch. As previously mentioned, this course is part of your block scheduling and you will meet your classmates during First-Year Convocation.  

  • Students will actively interact with fellow incoming peers on individual and team projects meant to strengthen and enrich their interpersonal skills both in written and verbal formats
  • A number of academic topics will be covered, aimed at aiding students towards identifying and developing their personal, professional, social, and ethical values
  • Curriculum also includes resources offered to support success both inside and outside of the classroom

First Year Text

Family Life book cover

Family Life is the first-year text for the Fall 2019 semester. During orientation, students will be provided a copy of the book to read in advance of the class discussion, which will be held on Convocation Day. Please read and be prepared to discuss the text before classes begin. Early class preparation is essential to your success in college.