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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 23
Location: SERC House of Fields
Time: Please arrive by 3:30 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 pm.

2013 Academic Convocation Program

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

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 19.

Alumna Address: Karen Gottermeier Webber '09/'10

Karen Gottermeier Webber From an early age, Karen had a love of learning. The oldest of six children, Karen comes from a close-knit family, and she was homeschooled in Webster, NY, for most of elementary through high school. She knew she wanted to stay in Rochester for college, so she started her studies at Monroe Community College, and transferred to The College at Brockport in fall 2007 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in accounting.

When it came time for Karen to think about graduate school, she looked at several local colleges and universities and decided to attend Brockport. In the graduate program, Karen was an overachiever and excelled in her studies. When the department organized a recruiting event in fall 2009, she received three job offers. Karen took a position with EFP Rotenberg LLP (a CPA firm), for its relationship with sister company StoneBridge Business Partners, a forensic accounting and business consulting firm.

After Karen graduated with her master's degree in forensic accounting, she took time to travel to Ireland and meet up with an old friend. This experience opened her eyes to the world. It also solidified her belief that forensic accounting was the right field for her.

In her current role at StoneBridge Business Partners, Karen is putting her education to work as a forensic accountant. She does research for the firm partners, gathers insights through data-mining, and is learning new business models. She also travels across the country to help with investigations.

An active volunteer, Karen has participated in United Way's Day of Caring, helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity, and is active in the Blessed Sacrament Supper Program. She also is a member of the Rochester Young Professionals and the Kickball League of Rochester. 

Victoria Peryea

Showcase of Opportunity: Victoria Peryea '14 

Victoria Peryea is a senior majoring in history with a concentration in childhood inclusive education. Some of the leadership roles and organizations that Victoria has taken part in include Resident Assistant, Peer Mentor, History Forum, Colleges Against Cancer and Cancer Doesn't Fly with Eagles, as well as Brockport Student Government and the Leadership Development Program. She also is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and plans to pursue a master’s degree in literacy.

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

Selected Members of the Orchestra Brockport Symphony Orchestra

Directed by: Jonathan Allentoff

Woodwinds: Emily Caro, piccolo; Valerie Roy, flute; Rachel Roessel, Katherine Bailey and Justin Shenal, clarinet; William Hullfish and Michael McKain, bass clarinet; Quinn Kohut, alto saxophone

Brass: Lydia Allen, French horn; Benjamin Falter, trumpet

Percussion: John Falkowski, percussion

Strings: Raisa Kislik, concertmaster; Michael Edwards, Michael Allentoff, Charles Edwards, Sylvia McHale and Catherine Taylor, violin; Taylir Lorino, Al Mathias and Ryan Conner, viola 

Last Updated 8/20/13