Opening Convocation kicks off return to Common Hour programming at Thiel College

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College is returning to its Common Hour series for the 2021–2022 academic year highlighted by the Class of 2025 Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in the William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

 The College created the Common Hour in 2018 to give students the opportunity to unwind from the school day while focusing weekly on varying academic topics. Invited speakers who are experts in their fields present to campus community members.

Highlighted events include:

 “The Common Hour creates space for students to engage in important educational, social, and cultural programming with members of the faculty and staff outside of the normal classroom or office setting,” Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students Mike McKinney ’02 said. “It helps build community and provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to connect with individuals who they may not otherwise interact with on a regular basis. At Thiel, we are committed to providing students with opportunities to explore interests, issues, and experiences, and the Common Hour is one outlet for accomplishing that.”

The College did host in-person classes throughout the 2020–2021 academic year, but as an extra precaution, Common Hour did not take place.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.