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Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

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Join us in celebrating the beginning of the 2020-21 school year!

Order of gathering

Prelude | Stephanie Budwey

Invocation | Lisa L. Thompson 

Greetings | Vice Chancellor and Provost Susan Wente 

Greetings | Chancellor Daniel Diermeier

Solo | Eric Holness

Greetings and Blessing of our Virtual Space | Jaco Hamman  

Invitation to Involvement | Ristina Gooden

Spoken Word | Joel M. Antson

Dean's Convocation  Address | Emilie M. Townes

Closing (VDS) Hymn | Stephanie Budwey

Scrolling of the Names of the Entering Class 

Benediction | David Michelson

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I view the VDS Fall Convocation?

Follow the VDS Facebook page. We will be broadcasting the service at 3pm Central. You do not have to do anything but join us on Facebook from your devices. The live chat feature will be on so we can celebrate in real-time, so invite all the people to celebrate. Additionally, for those who do not wish to view it on Facebook, it will be available right here (embedded a the top of this page) at the same time

Will it be accessible after it airs?

Yes, the video will remain here at least through the end of the semester.

What will the service contain?

Music, prayers, a message from the dean, scrolling of the names and photos of the incoming class.

Can anyone view it even if they don’t have Facebook?

Yes! You don’t need to be logged in to Facebook or have an account to view the service. The service will also be embedded on this page or on our Vimeo page for those who would prefer to access it there.