Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Festive spirit, optimism mark new school year at opening convocation

Randolph College rang in the new academic year with opening convocation on Tuesday. The event brought together time-honored traditions and bright optimism about the College's future.

Led by a bagpiper, the Class of 2012 marched into the Smith Hall Theatre wearing their graduation robes that were, true to tradition, decorated with playful buttons and topped with funny hats. Along with the College's underclassmen, they then cheered as the faculty entered the auditorium.

Ja’el Daniely ’12, president of Student Government, addressed her fellow students and encouraged them to maintain optimism as they explore their identities and pursue higher education. “One thing we share as a school is honoring our past while looking forward to a bright future,” she said.

Randolph College President John Klein then addressed the student body, emphasizing their ability to meet new challenges and achieve goals. “It is unlikely that you will ever have four years again like the ones you spend here,” he said. “This is your chance to make the most of them.”

Klein emphasized the many positives the College is experiencing now: enrollment and alumnae giving have increased, and the faculty continue to earn high marks from students and academic honors from organizations outside the College. He highlighted the recent achievements of faculty members and presented awards to students and faculty.
These banners were presented to representatives of each class to mark a new tradition at Randolph College.

The ceremony also included the beginning of a new Randolph College tradition. Representatives of each class year received a class banner embroidered with the college seal and the name of the class. The banners will be displayed at events throughout the year to emphasize the participation of each class and foster class unity. Each year, seniors will sign their class banners and leave them as a symbol of their time at the College.

For more details about convocation and a list of awards given, see this Randolph College press release.