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 23, 2019
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 21, 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 26.
Showcase of Opportunity: Samantha DiCanio '20
Samantha DiCanio is a senior who is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Communication. She is the Recipient of the John R. Halstead Family Leadership in Higher Education Award. Some of the organizations and leadership roles that Samantha has held are Senior Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, President of Accounting Society, President of Brockport Buddies, Member of the Dean's Student Advisory board for the School of Business and Management, Scholar's Sleepover, Student Representative for the Joint Planning and Budgeting Committee and College Senate, Admissions Ambassador, Residence Hall Association, Ellsworth Express Host, The Leadership Development Program, Living Learning Communities, and this Fall she will be an Intern in Undergraduate Admissions and will be working to coordinate The Peer Recruitment program.
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.