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For Immediate Release
August 23, 2013

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Convocation Ceremony Welcomes Incoming Class

First-year students are formally welcomed to the Brockport community

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BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport, State University of New York, now has another 1,981 students to call its own. And those new students—1,106 freshmen and 875 transfers—were officially indoctrinated into the Brockport community Aug. 23 during an Academic Convocation ceremony.

Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, challenged the students to make the most of their time on campus and that, by doing so, they have an opportunity to shape the College as a whole.

“You can determine the character of your college…this very college. You can do it by charting your own Brockport experience. So enjoy the journey. Make the most of your Brockport experience and make a difference in the world.”

Students also received an inspirational message from a recent Brockport alumna, Karen Webber ‘09/’10. Webber started by assuring the students that they made the right decision in coming to Brockport—just as she did by following the advice of a family member.

“I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the piece of advice that a family member gave me six years ago,” says Webber, who now works in forensic accounting at StoneBridge Business Partners. “My Brockport education changed my life—and continues to reward me every day.”

Webber went on to detail her time at Brockport and discussed the positive influence that one of her professors, John Keiser, PhD, had on her career. She told the audience that they had an opportunity to mirror, and even improve upon, her own experience.

“Savor every relationship you enter here, because the friends you make will be your biggest allies personally. Your professors will be your biggest allies academically. And more importantly, alumni like me will be your biggest allies professionally,” Webber said. “Get involved, stay connected, and prepare to do things in your life you never imagined you could do.”

The students also heard from a current senior, history major Victoria Peryea, who offered some advice and set them on the right path as they left to embark on the journey to come.

“There is a lot of energy that comes from being excited or nervous from these changes in your life and that’s ok,” Peryea said. “Use that energy and convert it into passion. If you’re passionate about something and want to make a change right here on campus, then do it!”


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