Matriculation Convocation Program

Leading Lawrence into the Future

Friday, September 15, 2023, 12:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Matriculation Convocation Live Stream

The Matriculation Convocation will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.


Moderato, op. 22, no. 1 | Niels Gade (1817–1890)     
Dr. Daniel Schwandt, university organist

Procession of the Faculty*

Festal March | Florence Price (1887–1953)
Dr. Daniel Schwandt, university organist
Celia Barnes, associate professor of English and faculty marshal

Welcome Week Musical Selection

Show Us How to Love | Mark A. Miller (b. 1967)
Welcome Week Choir
Directed by Dr. Stephen Sieck, associate professor of music and co-director of Choral Studies and Dr. Phillip Swan, professor of music and co-director of Choral Studies

Land Acknowledgement

Megan DuFrane-Groose, Director of Student Engagement, Activities & Leadership

Welcome, Announcement of the 2023-2024 Convocation Series and Introduction of President Laurie Carter & Provost Peter Blitstein

Madera Allan, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Public Events Committee

Address & Video

Address: Leading Lawrence into the Future; Video: Brilliant Move
President Laurie Carter & Provost Peter Blitstein

Closing Words

Terra Winston-Sage, Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and University Chaplain


Hymne au Soleil, op. 53, no. 3 | Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
Dr. Daniel Schwandt, university organist

*Please stand for the processional and the recessional.

President Laurie Carter

Laurie A. Carter joined the Lawrence community as its 17th president on July 1, 2021, bringing with her more than 25 years of leadership experience in higher education. Laurie A. Carter most recently served as president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where her tenure focused on prioritizing student success, telling the university’s story, building a relationship with the community, enhancing overall quality, and strengthening diversity and inclusion. Her extensive leadership experience in higher education also extends to Eastern Kentucky University and The Juilliard School. Learn more about President Carter.

  • Please refrain from talking during all musical selections.
  • As a courtesy to the artists and to those in attendance, please be aware that sounds such as whispering and the rustling of programs and cellophane wrappers are magnified in the hall.
  • Please silence all cell phones and electronic devices. No recording or photography allowed.
  • An American Sign Language interpreter will be available and located on the stage.
    ASL Interpretation Services offered

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Dr. Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells JUST Data Lab and author of three books, Viral Justice (2022), Race After Technology (2019) and People’s Science (2013), and editor of Captivating Technology (2019).
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