University Convocation will be held September 4, 2014
Appalachian’s 26th annual university convocation will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. This year’s distinguished speaker is Mr. Wayne Henderson, master luthier, musician and the inspiration for the 2014 Common Reading Program selection Clapton’s Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument by Allen St. John.
As has become our practice, we will begin and end the event with an academic procession and recession. Following convocation, everyone is invited to attend a round-table discussion with Mr. Henderson beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union.
Classes on Thursday, September 4, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in order that faculty, staff, and students may attend this and other important events to be held that day. Faculty members are asked to encourage the attendance of their students.
Please be aware of two important changes to this year’s ceremony. The first is that there will be no live streaming of the event. A recording will be made available on the web in the week following convocation, but it will not be streamed live on the day of the ceremony. We hope this will encourage members of the campus community to attend and experience convocation in person. Second, special seating has been designated in the first two rows on the floor of the arena for guests requiring the services provided by our interpreters. If you wish to utilize this service, please enter the Holmes Convocation Center through the Northwest entrance where a marshal will escort you to the appropriate section.
Convocation is being held for the entire Appalachian community. With that in mind, supervisors are encouraged to allow staff employees to attend convocation and related events and to do so on a paid time basis.
This convocation marks the 115th year of our founding, and I hope you will enthusiastically support this event with your presence.