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Every September, Research College of Nursing faculty, students, and staff gather together for the annual Convocation. This tradition began in 2006 as a way to welcome the members of the College community back to campus for another great school year. Invited speakers are nationally-known for their passion in the area of personal and professional growth. Over the years, the themes have included Building Respect, Social Justice, Stress & Success, Inspire!, Living an Authentic Life, Celebrate!, Leadership for Everyday Personal Success, and Civility - Diversity – Accountability. For the last several years, Convocation has been held at the nearby Kansas City Zoo. After the inspirational presentation, the entire College community is invited to lunch and an afternoon at the Zoo.