Welcome to the Convocation Program Information Site
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.”
2013 Convocation Experience and Theme
In preparation for Fall 2013, all first-year students are asked to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild. By watching this film 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. While no grades are directly associated with the convocation experience program, we encourage all students to join in and be part of the discussions during the Week of Welcome.
The theme for Convocation this year is diversity. For many young people, the college setting provides a platform that facilitates their exposure to diverse perspectives in a way that encourages respectful understanding of differences, and recognizes those differences as strengths. Through this film, we hope to provide students with a window into communities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to see and to engage in a larger conversation about diversity.