A Brockport tradition since 1994, Academic Convocation represents many beginnings — new academic endeavors and studies, new opportunities for exploration and self-discovery, and new friendships. It is the official welcoming ceremony of new students to the Brockport community and celebrates the beginning of the academic year.
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Academic Convocation is the kickoff of Welcome Week and is a celebration of Brockport pride and achievement. During the event, faculty, staff, and students celebrate through a diverse array of presentations, highlighting aspects of Brockport’s excellence.
Date: Friday, August 25, 2017
Location: SERC Field House
Time: Please arrive by 3:30 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 pm.
For more information about Academic Convocation, email Dr. Kristin Heffernan.
Faculty: Please RSVP for Academic Convocation no later than Wednesday, August 23, at 5 pm by completing this form. We want to be sure that appropriate seating is arranged for all of our faculty participants. Academic regalia is required to process in the ceremony. If you do not have regalia, you may purchase it through the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore by July 28.
Alumnus Address: Patrick Roberts '10
Patrick Roberts graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The College at Brockport. Right out of school, he developed his knowledge, wisdom, and passion for tax preparation and accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant a year after graduation and attributes much of this fast-paced success to his work experience, mentorship opportunities, and volunteerism. Patrick felt that the best way to share this wisdom and knowledge with the community was to open his own full-service accounting and tax practice. Aside from taxes and accounting, Patrick loves to spend time with his wife, two children, and two dogs; go to the movies; play sports; visit with friends and family; and volunteer in the community.
Showcase of Opportunity: Robert Darrisaw '18
Robert L. Darrisaw Jr. is currently a senior, majoring in social work with a minor in mathematics. He was raised in Rochester, New York, and is a member of C-STEP, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and president of the Student Social Work Organization. Some of the leadership roles Robert has held include training supervisor for the Student Patrol under University Police, student representative on various search committees for the College, a Peer Mentor, a speaker at spring and fall Open Houses, and a mentor to younger students. He also has created his own research with the guidance of Dr. Trevor Gates, looking at factors and hindrances of educational attainment of African American males, and is currently serving as a research assistant for Jeffrey Alston’s doctoral dissertation, which seeks to understand how students of color view the Office of Career Services and how they utilize its services.
Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble
The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble leads the procession of invited guests, faculty, and staff in a ceremony that launches the start of the new academic year.
Sankofa is a symbolic, Ghanaian expression represented by a bird whose head turns back looking toward the past. The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble retrieves the cultural essences of the past and brings them into the present.
Sankofa presents dance and theater works expressing the dynamic presence of African culture in America. Some of the presentations are replicas of traditional African prototypes, and some are re-creations, employing contemporary themes and movement motifs.