- Academic Convocation
Each year, SUNY Cortland opens the school year with an Academic Convocation, which takes place in the Park Center Alumni Arena.
In 2012, the event will take place on Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 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 2012 Academic Convocation Ceremony
Host and Speaker: Dr. Sharon Steadman
Mace Bearer: Dr. Lynn Anderson
Student Speakers: Ms. Lima Stafford '12, Ms. LeighMarie Weber '14 and Mr. Jesse Winter '13
Student Singer: Ms. Khalia Brown '13
Musician: Dr. Karen Zimmerman
For more information, contact the President's Office at 607-753-2202.