What are convocations?
Derived from the Latin word convocare, convocation means "to call or come together." In other words, it is a formal assembly of people. The Lawrence community formally assembles three times during the academic year:
- Matriculation Convocation
Welcomes students, faculty, and staff back to campus. Delivered by the University president in September, it marks the start of the new academic year.
- University Convocation
Shares ideas and provides insight on contemporary issues. Invited by the faculty Convocations and Commencement Committee, this address is delivered by individuals of high accomplishment in their respective field and takes place during the winter.
- Honors Convocation
Celebrates the end of the academic year. Delivered by a member of the Lawrence community, students and faculty achievements are given special recognition.
2023–2024 Convocation Series
Convocations are held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel and are free and open to the public.
Matriculation Convocation: President Laurie A. Carter
Friday, September 15, 2023
University Convocation: Dr. Ruha Benjamin
Friday, February 2, 2024
Honors Convocation: Mark Phelan
“Knowing Others and Ourselves”
Friday, May 24, 2024