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President Jones Speaks at Opening Convocation

Georgetown College Celebrates Opening Convocation

Submitted on August 28, 2019

Georgetown College celebrated Opening Convocation on Tuesday, August 27th. The ceremony, the first formal ceremony of the academic year, also recognizes various student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Speaking to his fellow student body, this year’s new SGA President, Zach Dampier, urged new students to be themselves and they’ll find their way to new friends and a new community, while imploring returning students to lend those new students a helping hand. Afterwards, he introduced this year’s new SGA Executive Council.

The John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award, which recognizes faculty who have shown a commitment to Georgetown College and to mentoring students through their academic coursework and their college career, as well as going above and beyond to better the Georgetown College community, was awarded to Dr. Roger Ward, Professor of Philosophy.

Speaking on the announcement of the award, Dr. Rosemary Allen said, “This year’s recipient is known to be a superb mentor to both students and faculty. With students, he focuses on developing them both inside and outside the classroom with the tools of compassion, caring, understanding, and kindness, while also ensuring that his standards are high so that students challenge themselves.”

President Jones, in his first Opening Convocation as Georgetown College president, then delivered the Convocation Address. Detailing the importance of community in his own upbringing and in getting him to where he is today, he challenged the campus to foster a strong community, to celebrate diversity, and welcomed all to receive an education of the heart and mind that Georgetown College offers its students.

He said, “Our College, with its compelling mission statement that connects learning and a faith tradition rooted in mercy and love, offers an education that not only challenges the mind but also the heart. We offer an education that inspires our students to become successful professionals who show love and mercy to others”

A theme of community ran throughout the ceremony. “We, you, me, and others, can bond together to make waves for good,” said President Jones. “Making waves for good” would become an oft-repeated refrain, as the president urged the campus to bond together in order to achieve this.

A replay of the ceremony can be viewed below.


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