Morristown, N.J. (August 30, 2017) – Convocation is a time-honored tradition that allows faculty, students, members of the Sisters of Charity community, and staff to join together in one place and formally begin the academic year.
The 2017-2018 Academic Convocation was held in Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center on Monday, August 28, 2017. A recent addition to the event is the senior class marching in the processional while wearing their graduation caps and gowns.
The master of ceremonies, Dr. Monique Guillory, vice president of academic affairs, welcomed the gathering.
"The students who come here, the class of 2021, you have made such a wise and special choice for your higher education journey," said Guillory. "It is more important than ever that higher education graduates are equipped, not only with the skills for productive careers, but with the values and passions for purposeful lives. You will find that passion and those values at CSE."
Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of CSE, also offered inspirational words of wisdom to the incoming freshmen and departing seniors. She reminded them that they are 257 days from graduation.
"You are in the final stretch and the CSE faculty and staff are so very proud of you."
In light of the recent incidents of violence, Dr. Streubert stressed the importance of inclusion, acceptance and diversity at CSE throughout her speech.
"Through boundless charity we have the opportunity to afford all who come here to study the best education possible. In line with the College's values as facilitators of that learning, we are committed to creating a stimulating learning environment that promotes critical thinking and the holistic development of the individual."
The guest speaker was Dr. Meedlen Charles, '96, a war veteran and gynecologist, discussed the vital role of mindset in overcoming failure. She reminded the students about the incredible opportunities before them.
"Never again will you be somewhere that you can learn anything you want and have experts and resources at your disposal. Do things you are afraid of and do things that you aren't good at because you might surprise yourself."
Dr. Anne Langan, associate professor of sociology, chair of the Faculty Assembly and Jendaya Workman, president of student government, also offered words of encouragement.
Those students who made Dean's List during the 2016-2017 academic year were awarded honor cords to be worn at graduation. The ceremony ended with the students reciting the CSE student oath. A picnic open to the whole campus community followed the Convocation.