Berea College Welcomes Public to Opening Convocation

President Roelof
President Roelof

Exploring the Commitments: Let’s Get to Work
Seabury Center – 3:00 p.m., September 3, 2015

The entire Berea College community will gather to celebrate the opening of the 2015-16 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free and open to the public.

President Roelofs’ theme for the convocation will be Exploring the Commitments: Let’s Get to Work. Exploring the Commitments refers to Berea’s mission statement, which embodies eight “great commitments” that guide all the work of the College, both in the classroom and in the region. In addition to remarks by President Roelofs, brief comments will be presented by members of the Berea College community, representing the student body, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees. Music will be provided by the Black Music Ensemble.

This event also opens the College’s year-long convocation series offering lectures, symposia, concerts and performing arts presentations. The series features outstanding scholars, artists and leaders whose presentations enliven the intellectual, aesthetic and religious life and contribute importantly to the student’s educational experience at Berea College. Convocations also provide shared intellectual experiences for students, faculty, and staff thus enriching the College’s vibrant academic community. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

Those unable to attend on campus can watch the convocation live at:

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