President's Perspective Newsletter

September 27, 2022

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students at convocation ceremonyFaculty and Students Return to Campus After Two Years of Remote and Hybrid Learning

For the first time in two years, Bowie State University is bustling with the activities of faculty and students who have returned to campus full time. The COVID-19 pandemic forced university administrators to pivot and offer on-line and hybrid courses to ensure student matriculation and graduation.

Nearly 200 faculty, staff and administrators attended the university’s fall 2022 Faculty Institute. The two-day institute occurred a few days before students returned to campus and allowed participants to build upon their learning, teaching and research systems. Keynote speakers Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings and Dr. Chinasa Elue addressed the themes “Culturally Relevant Pedagogies” and “Trauma Based Teaching and Learning.”

After receiving over 13,000 applications for enrollment throughout the year, the Bowie State University community was excited to welcome the largest class of first-time students in our 150-year long history during New Student Orientation week. We exceeded our freshman enrollment goal of 900 students by registering nearly 1200 new students this semester.

We were honored to have BSU alumna and entrepreneur Chanel Turner on campus as the keynote speaker during our Freshman Matriculation Convocation program. The tradition of Convocation provides an opportunity to formally welcome the new class and give them words of encouragement to prepare them for their collegiate journey. We look forward to seeing all our students accomplish their educational and professional goals as the academic year progresses.

We invite you to visit our campus for a tour or to attend some of our upcoming events.