Lees-McRae College will hold Convocation in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm.

This year will feature Professor of Biology Stewart Skeate and his speech titled, “A Tale of Two Times and Places.”

His talk will focus on the similarities and differences of his academic journey with the experiences of current Lees-McRae students, while emphasizing the effect a college’s location can have on the education of students.

The traditional celebration marking the start of the new academic year generally centers on keynote speakers such as notable alumni, faculty, or staff.

Skeate earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Rutgers University, his master’s in biology at California State University and his doctorate in biology at the University of Florida.

In addition to his role as professor, Skeate also serves as the program coordinator for wildlife biology and the director of the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station.

For more information, call 828.898.5241 or visit online LMC.edu.