September 4, 2001
Convocation greets new freshman class
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
With all the robed finery, bagpipes and sober ceremony that accompanies
Convocation, perhaps a little stuffiness is expected.
Fortunately that stuffiness was limited to the weather outside and the
air inside Glenn Auditoriumnot anybodys attitudeon what
was an extraordinarily muggy day that welcomed the Class of 2005 to Emory,
I remember my convocation well, said new Student Govern-ment
Association president Anna Manasco. I sat in these same cramped,
warm pews next to people I had barely known three days. I felt a bit alone
and wasnt entirely sure that I was in the right place.
Now, three short years later, as my class prepares to gather for
the second and final time at graduation, I am intimately connected with
this community and I am entirely sure that it has been the right one for
That intimate connection of which Manasco spoke begins for each class,
every year, at its convocation, whichalong with graduationis
the only time it gathers as a whole in one place.
Another speaker was President Bill Chace.
It really isnt necessary for me to remark on the importance
of this day, and this ritual, to you, he said. I think none
of you is so superbly cool as to regard this moment in your lives as ordinary.
While Chace was presiding over his eighth Emory convocation, the afternoons
other two speakers were making their first appearances on the dais.
Dean of Emory College, Bobby Paulwho was previously dean of the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciencestook to the podium following
Provost Woody Hunters call to order and Dean of the Chapel Susan
Henry-Crowes invocation, and made a request of the Class of 2005
to befriend its professors.
Get to know them not only in class, but in your FAME groups, in
freshman seminars and in their office hours, Paul said. Faculty
members reserve time in their offices for you, and they relish the opportunity
to meet and talk one-on-one with involved and interested students. They
will take your visiting them as a compliment.
Finally, John Ford, senior vice president of Campus Life, encouraged
the Class of 2005 to stretch itself.
The time you spend at this institution will develop your idealism,
he said. Think of campus as a place where you can experiment with
your sense of destiny.
To close convocation, Associate Dean of the Chapel Bridgette Young, wholike
Paul and Fordwas making her first convocation address, delivered
the benediction. She first read a poem and then offered her own words.
When you leave this auditorium, may you always remember that every
experience during your journey at Emory is a precious opportunity to fully
become who you were created to be, she said.
Following an amen, the bagpipes played once again, the faculty marched down the aisle and out the door, and another class of Emory freshmen was born.