Category: Convocation

The End is Nigh

That may sound a little apocalyptic, but I’m getting down to the two-week mark left in my college career, so forgive me. We’ve just finished our last week of classes, which usually is a happy moment, and this year it was happy but also tinged with nostalgia. “This is the last time I’m going to

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

I’m sad to say that the 2012-2013 school year was definitely my hardest at W&M. It wasn’t because of my rigorous course load, my TWAMPy habit of overcommitting, or any of the problems life threw at me. It was because when May rolled around I had to say goodbye to some of the best people

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

We Admit It!  We are pretty biased when it comes to William & Mary.  We wouldn’t do what we do if we didn’t think this place was special…make that extraordinary.  But if there’s one campus tradition that demonstrates just how extraordinary this place is, it’s Opening Convocation.  I don’t doubt that other campuses have great

The Class of 2013 Banner

I walked towards the banner today. Slowly, watching it grow larger as I approached from the distance. The last time I saw this banner was four years ago… The day was hot and muggy. We were all decked out in our preppy attire eager for the grand convocation welcome, and exhausted from a week of

2012: A Year in Review by Jordan

2012 was a great year, so far 2013 is sure to be even better! – Jordan


I Admit It!  I get pretty into William & Mary traditions (not that the last blog post left any doubt).  Today is Convocation, one of my favorite (and a favorite among my colleagues as well).  It gives meaning to one of my favorite W&M phrases, “Those who come here, belong here.” (And it’s not just

Convocation & Insolation

William & Mary is back in business for another academic year.  I teach my first class at 9 a.m. on Wednesday—Geology 110: The Earth’s Environmental Systems; it’s an introductory class with 200 students enrolled.  Later, on Wednesday afternoon the College will gather for Convocation, and this is the ceremony that really kicks off the academic

Opening Convocation: A Retrospective View

Given the title of this post, you’ve probably already guessed that this post will be about Opening Convocation. I know, I know. Convocation happened a long time ago. So long ago that you might wonder why it has taken me so long to write this post. The truth is that being a senior is a

Separation Anxiety

Orientation has ended and now my last official semester as an undergraduate at William & Mary is upon us and let me be the first to say that I am more than ready to hark upon the gale. But I’ll be real with you – I didn’t expect to have so much fun during orientation.

Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls, it Tolls for William & Mary

Admit It!  Everyone wants to feel like they belong.  Well at W&M, that feeling is at no time more evident than on Opening Convocation. Generally held on the first Friday of classes (thanks to Hurricane Irene this year’s Convocation was delayed one week), the entire freshman class and all new transfer and graduate students gather in