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Purpose of the Convocation Experience Program

Georgia College's convocation experiences are designed to provide a common undertaking for incoming students, to enhance participation in the intellectual life of the campus through stimulating discussion and critical thinking around a universal or current topic and to encourage a sense of community between students, faculty and staff. By participating in the convocation experience over the summer, students will arrive on campus prepared to engage in discussions that create a community of learners.

The convocation experience seeks to aid with the creation of a living-learning community that supports the successful transition of new students to the university culture. Program components support students in their personal, academic and leadership development. Furthermore, the convocation experience reinforces the university’s student-centered environment and enhances student engagement by encouraging students to engage with and contribute to the Georgia College community, reflect upon their own personal identity within the context of our campus and begin practicing the values of “Reason, Respect and Responsibility.”

2015 First-Year Convocation Recap from Georgia College on Vimeo.

Convocation 2015 Speech
Convocation Speech delivered by Dr. Carolyn Denard at the 2015 Georgia College Freshman Convocation. Click here to read. (PDF)

2015 Convocation Experience and Theme

In preparation for Fall 2015, all first-year students will read The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Each incoming first-year student will receive a copy of the book during summer orientation, with the expectation that it be read before returning in August. By reading the book over the summer, students will arrive on campus prepared to engage in discussions using the book as a springboard to introduce critical thinking and begin the first steps toward creating a community of learners by encouraging all students to join in and be part of the discussions during the Week of Welcome.

As a part of this year's program, Georgia College is preparing a new experience. First Year Convocation will be a bookend to Commencement, and is GC's official welcome for all first-year students. We will celebrate the Class of 2019 by convening all 1,430 members of the class to help realize their identity as a class and, at the same time, remind them of the privileges and responsibilities associated with their place in the Georgia College community.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Georgia College!

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