Convocation - Shorter University

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What is convocation?


Convocation is the summons of people together to conduct business.  For academia, convocation is a gathering signaling the welcoming of a new class of students into the academic community. For Shorter University, this event symbolizes passing the responsibility for the freshman from the Office of Admissions to the Schools and Faculty.

The goal of such a formal ceremony to recognize this passing is to promote a community of learners with students realizing their identity as a class and important part of the community and with faculty and staff displaying their involvement and commitment to the student learners. The formal ceremony concludes with faculty and staff welcoming, in two rows with loud applause, the incoming class through the gate, “Enter to Learn.” It is at commencement ceremonies where those graduating from this class leave our community of learners through the parallel gate, “Serve Christ.”


Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in Winthrop-King Centre

Faculty:   Line-up will begin at 10:30 in the dance studio in Winthrop-King Centre – full regalia required.

Seniors:   Line-up will begin at 10:30 in front of the athletic administrative office in Winthrop-King Centre – wear your class t-shirt..

Additionally, faculty/staff & Senior year book photos will be made on Wednesday after the ceremony in the Austin Moses Room – from 12 – 2.  Faculty & Seniors will be photographed in regalia

Sophomores & Juniors:  You should be in your designated bleacher seating no later than 10:55 am.

Freshmen:   Meet with your peer mentors at previously designated location at 10:45 am.

Convocation T-Shirts and Distribution Schedule

All students will receive t-shirts to be worn for Convocation.

Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors – please pick up your tee shirt and wear it to the Convocation ceremony.

Seniors- you must wear your Caps and Gowns to the Ceremony at 10 am. However, you may pick up your tee shirts as our gift to you.  Please report to Winthrop King Centre (by Athletics Administration office) by 9:15 am in full regalia to receive line up instructions.