Press Release

Urbana University Welcomes Students Back for ‘18-19 Academic Year


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
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Urbana, OH (August 9, 2018)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, will welcome students back to campus for the 2018-2019 school year on Saturday, Aug. 11. 

Students will have a number of events to participate in throughout the weekend, designed to acclimate them to Urbana University and campus life before classes begin on Monday, Aug. 13. Move In day activities include:

  • Dorm move in: 9-11 a.m.
  • Bookstore Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Welcome Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. (Student Center)
  • New Student Gathering, 1 p.m. (Student Center)
  • Opening Convocation, 1:30 p.m. (Urbana University Stadium)
  • College Receptions, 2:30 p.m. Campus Quad

Students returning to campus and the UU Class of 2022, which represents the largest group of incoming freshman at Urbana in recent years, will return to a campus bustling with signs of growth and progress. Changes on campus include new signage on campus buildings, upgraded computer labs to accommodate Creative Campus technology, new STEM majors, a nearly completed athletic facility, and new wrestling, and acrobatics & tumbling teams.

The first week of Welcome Week 2018 will cap off with the second annual Blue Knight Block Party and Activities Fair. This year’s event, held on the square in Urbana, will feature music in Legacy Park, shopping, food, corn hole, and other fun activities.

About Opening Convocation
In academia, the word "convocation" refers to a ceremonial assembly of the members of a college or university. Traditionally, academic convocations celebrate special events such as the beginning of the academic year or the anniversary of an institution.

Urbana University established its Opening Convocation in 2007. Steeped in academic tradition, the ceremony feels similar to a graduation ceremony and features remarks from faculty and staff who share their commitment to leading students in learning and completing the requirements for a degree from Urbana University.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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