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Academic Convocation

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.

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 28, 2015
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 26, 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 17.

Joey Jackson '88Alumnus Address: Joey Jackson '88

Joey Jackson is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau. Following a successful career as a prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment.

Prior to law school, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his master's degree, he worked for the NYS Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a BA from The College at Brockport, where he participated in the Honors College, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the NYS Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, DC.

In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, Mr. Jackson also is employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.

Emily BurkhardShowcase of Opportunity: Emily Burkhard '16

Emily Burkhard is a senior at The College at Brockport studying broadcast journalism. She has been a dedicated member of the student-run television station, Talon Television, since her freshman year and has been named co-station manager for her final semester at Brockport. Her involvement both in and out of the classroom has awarded her many opportunities to realize her career goal to become a reporter.

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.

Last Updated 8/19/15