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Academic Convocation

A College at 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.

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 22
Location: SERC House of Fields
Time: Please arrive by 3:30 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 pm.

View the ceremony program.

For more information about Academic Convocation, contact Dr. Katherine Clark at

Faculty: Please RSVP for Academic Convocation no later than Wednesday, August 20, 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 18.

Alumnus Address: Ryan Nobles ’98

Ryan NoblesRyan is an Emmy award–winning political reporter and anchor of NBC12 First at 4, NBC12 News at 5:30 and Fox Richmond’s News at 10 in Richmond, VA. He also is a general assignment reporter with a focus on politics and government.

Over the last decade, Ryan has extensively covered some of the biggest political stories in America. As a swing-state reporter, he had a front-row seat to the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. His interviews with major party presidential and vice presidential candidates were cited by national news organizations around the world. Ryan has interviewed President Barack Obama one-on-one on three occasions. His interview with the Commander-in-Chief from the White House was honored with an Emmy Award.

Ryan has been recognized by The Washington Post as one of “America’s Best State Based Political Reporters” and one of the “Best State Capitol Reporters in America.” POLITICO called him one of the “50 to Watch” political players in the US. His blog,, also was named one of the “Best State-Based Political Blogs in America” by The Washington Post.

Ryan is a proud graduate of Brockport. During his time at the College, he served as the president of the Brockport Student Government and the operations manager of 89.1 WBSU (now known as “The Point”). He was honored with the College’s prestigious Student Leadership Award and Recent Alumnus Award.

Ryan also holds a Master of Public Administration from the Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany.

Ryan and his wife Karey have three children, Clara, Luke and Esther. Their two daughters are adopted, and as a result they have become passionate advocates for adoption. Karey serves on the Governor of Virginia’s steering committee for a campaign to help adopt children from the state’s foster care system.

The Nobles family lives in Chesterfield County, VA.

Showcase of Opportunity: Amy Prutsman 15

Amy PrutsmanAmy Prutsman is double-majoring in marketing and communication studies with a minor in economics. She is a member of the Honors College, Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. She is the recipient of both the Raymond Shaheen and Roy & Helen Doody Business scholarships. Amy is the current chair of the Golden Eagle Senior Council, the student Welcome Week coordinator and the marketing assistant for Student Union and Activities. She has previously served as an Honors Peer Mentor, an Honors Club representative, an intern for the Office of College Communications and an undergraduate tour guide, and she has completed two levels of the Leadership Development Program. In this 2014–15 academic year, her final year at Brockport, Amy will be writing her Honors thesis and presenting her research at both the Diversity Conference and Scholars Day.

Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble


Photo: Akoma Ntoaso

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.

The College at Brockport Symphony Orchestra

Brockport Symphony Orchestra Music before and during the ceremony will be performed by selected members of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jonathan Allentoff.


Last Updated 8/14/14

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