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 24, 2018
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 22, 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 27.
Alumna Address: Danielle Raymo '09
Danielle Raymo is the owner/operator of Rochester Brainery, a freelance social media specialist, the co-founder of Upstate Social Sessions, and a board member for Reconnect Rochester. She has more than nine years' experience in brand development and event coordination and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from The College at Brockport. She loves making community connections, frequenting local markets, traveling (historical vacations for the win!), and singing along to showtunes.
Showcase of Opportunity: Kayla Green '19
Kayla Green is a senior at The College at Brockport. She majors in journalism and broadcasting with a minor in graphic design and will be graduating early in December. During her time at Brockport, Kayla has been involved in many organizations on campus. She is currently the station manager of Talon Television; a marketing coordinator for Student Union and Activities; an ambassador in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; a teaching assistant in the Department of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations; a writer for the Winging It student blog; and a member of the Honors College. She has also been part of the Green & Gold Ambassador program, the Leadership Development Program, the Office of Community Development, and The Stylus. Kayla studied abroad in Western Europe this past May, where she visited Rome, Barcelona, Paris, and London. In addition, she interned at CNN in Washington, DC, this past summer. Kayla has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Brockport and is grateful for all the opportunities she has received during her time here. She is looking forward to her last semester and encourages all students to make the most of their time here, because it will go by in the blink of an eye.
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.