For Immediate Release
August 26, 2012
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BROCKPORT, NY—The incoming freshmen and transfer students at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, formally became a part of the Brockport student body during the College’s annual Academic Convocation ceremony Aug. 26. It was the first College event to be hosted in its brand new Special Events Recreation Center (SERC).
The ceremony, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne E. Huot, PhD, is designed to welcome the new students into the Brockport community of learning and to celebrate and honor the traditions of Brockport’s academic life. Those traditions were reaffirmed through a word from Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, advice from past and present students, performances by dancers and musicians, and the ceremonial lighting of a torch.
Halstead welcomed the incoming class—noting that theirs is the first to benefit from SERC throughout its time on campus. But, Halstead noted, their upcoming experience will be about much more than buildings.
“As much as we are proud of our new buildings such as SERC and our first new academic building in 40 years—our Liberal Arts Building…it’s not about bricks and mortar, but rather the living-learning experiences you have here as part here as part of your Brockport experience,” Halstead said.
The students heard advice from a recent alumna, Lindsey Brown ‘08/’09—a teacher at Allendale Columbia and a community artist. She urged Brockport’s newest students to overcome the obstacles that life is bound to throw their way.
“Sheep trample us down, in succession or all at once, and it is impossible to dodge them all. But I know a secret,” she said. “Each irrevocable mistake, each blinding grief that knocks you down, can also lift you up.”
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