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Centennial Convocation Set for Friday

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Arkansas Tech is kicking off the Centennial Finale Weekend with the Centennial Convocation Ceremony this morning.

The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. in the John E. Tucker Coliseum, and classes will not be held from 10 a.m. to noon so students and faculty will be able to attend.

During the ceremony, flags will be presented representing each state and country with students currently attending classes Arkansas Tech.

Several speakers are planned during the convocation including Dr. Tom DeBlack, Jim Murphy of the Alumni Association, Faculty Senate President Dr. Linda Bean and Student Government Association President Travis Flower.

As part of the festivities, the Arkansas Tech Symphonic Band will play “Celebration,” a commissioned piece by Philip Parker, associate professor of music. The Arkansas Tech Concert Chorale will sing the commissioned piece “Doors of Daring” by 2000 Arkansas Tech graduate Andrea Ramsey.

Retired Major General Bill Harmon will deliver the keynote message at the convocation. Harmon aided in implementing technology in Ross Pendergraft Library and Rothwell Hall that has given Arkansas Tech some of the top facilities in the region.

Harmon is a 1960 graduate of Arkansas Tech and a 1990 inductee into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction.

Additionally, Harmon is currently serving alongside his wife, Suzanne, as honorary co-chairperson for the Arkansas Tech Centennial.

Everyone in the Arkansas Tech community, including faculty, staff and students, is encouraged to attend the convocation ceremonies.

Read more about all the events taking place as part of the Centennial Finale Weekend.