More than 2,300 students recognized during GGC's 2010 convocation ceremony

Georgia Gwinnett College officially welcomed more than 2,300 first-time students into its academic community today through a convocation ceremony that symbolized and celebrated the mutual commitment of both students and faculty to the students’ educational experience and collegiate success.

Georgia Gwinnett College officially welcomed more than 2,300 first-time students into its academic community today through a convocation ceremony that symbolized and celebrated the mutual commitment of both students and faculty to the students’ educational experience and collegiate success.

While convocation traditions are centuries old, their significance and purpose have not changed. GGC’s convocation ceremony is based on its commitment to student engagement and success.

A grand processional of students passed through the Arch of Knowledge into the ceremony area, making a dramatic entrance beneath this architectural feature adjacent to the Library and Learning Center. They then took their seats on the quad, the first students to be honored in the college’s new ceremonial venue. Located between the library and Building B, the quad forms a natural amphitheater and will host many future GGC convocations, commencements and other events.

The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, director of the Global Perspectives Program at Emory University, who encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities college presented them.

“You have the freedom to learn,” Rosensweig said. “Freedom to learn who you are, what you want to do and how you want to contribute to the world … the purpose of education is to light a fire.”

GGC’s convocation ceremony also was attended by the college’s faculty, and hundreds of friends, family members and other guests. The day’s festivities also included a reception and the college’s first campus-wide art show.

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