Academic Convocation - SUNY Cortland

Academic Convocation

A view from the bleachers at Academic Convocation

Each year, SUNY Cortland opens the school year with Academic Convocation, which takes place in the Park Center Alumni Arena.

This year, the ceremony will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at 4 p.m.

All first-year and new transfer students, along with the SUNY Cortland faculty, librarians and professional staff, are invited to participate in this hour-long event.

“Academic Convocation is always a joyous occasion,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “The event signals the beginning of one’s academic career at a new institution.

"It is an opportunity for entering students to be officially introduced and welcomed into the campus community and from that moment on to embrace SUNY Cortland as their alma mater.

Academic Convocation represents many beginnings — of new friendships, new studies and new opportunities for exploration and self discovery.”

The Academic Convocation processional begins with the all-college gonfalonier, who leads in the faculty, followed by the schools of Arts and Sciences, Professional Studies and Education gonfaloniers.

The first academic convocation to open the academic year in many years was held in 2003.

Information about the 2016 Academic Convocation Ceremony

Speaker: Dr. Anne Burns Thomas, Associate Professor, Foundations and Social Advocacy
Mace Bearer: Dr. Caroline K. Kaltefleiter, Professor. Communication Studies and New Communication Media
Student Speakers: Mr. Michael Braun, Senior, Political Science: Concentration in Public Administration and Public Policy; President of the Student Government Association and Mr. Court Pineiro, Senior, Outdoor Recreation
Student Singer: Ms. Hannah Truman, Junior, Speech and Hearing Science
Musician:  Dr. Marina Gorelaya, Instructional Support Assistant, Performing Arts

For more information, contact the Special Events Office at 607-753-5453.

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