New Student Convocation 2017: ‘The Test Is Called Your Life’
Toward the beginning of Niagara University’s 2017 New Student Convocation, Dr. Tim Ireland, provost, noted that the word “convocation” stems from the Latin word “convocare,” meaning “to call together.” Thus, Friday’s event represented the first time that the freshmen and transfer students in the audience had been called together as NU’s Class of 2021.
The New Student Convocation, a Niagara tradition now in its 15th year, is considered a bookend to commencement, and an opportunity for new students to develop a true connection to the university. It also provides a chance for parents to share in an important transition in the lives of their sons or daughters.
As the recipient of the NU’s 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Robyn Goacher, associate professor of chemistry, had the honor of addressing the assemblage on a beautiful August day. In what she described as “your first lecture as a college student,” Dr. Goacher offered the new students 10 pieces of advice.