Lakewood, N.J., August 23, 2017— Convocation, which marks a “calling together” of the Georgian Court University community, takes place Thursday, August 31 at 2:15 p.m. in GCU’s Wellness Center. The annual ceremony opens the academic year, recognizes student achievement and student leaders, and welcomes first-year students as academic members of the GCU community. The event is free and open to the public, including parents and friends.
“Convocation is a special time of year as we welcome newcomers to GCU,” said Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., president of the university. “We look forward to recognizing the achievements of our sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates, and the ceremony also allows us to honor the hard work of GCU faculty members who are invested in our students’ success.”
Convocation: A time to celebrate academic excellence
The featured speaker is Scott H. Bennett, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of History, Geography & Political Science, and recipient of the 2017 Virginia Graham ’31 Award for Teaching Excellence. Each year, the honor is given to an outstanding faculty member at GCU’s spring commencement ceremony, and the honoree delivers the keynote address for fall convocation.
Dr. Bennett, an expert in radical pacifism, anti-war dissent, and political nonviolence, is the author of four books. As a Fulbright scholar in 2014, Dr. Bennett was a senior professor in American Culture at Leiden University in the Netherlands. That same year he led GCU’s centennial conference on World War I and spoke extensively about resisters to the war. Dr. Bennett is also known for leading students abroad for unforgettable learning experiences to Vietnam and historically significant sites across Europe.
The convocation ceremony also includes the announcement of departmental and special awards, a formal introduction of Student Government Association leaders, remarks from alumna Miriam Hunte ’16, and a special blessing of GCU’s newest students.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.