Thank you all deeply for your hard work with the start of classes.
Convocation on Thursday September 14th at 4:00 p.m. in Willett Hall marks the ceremonial opening of the academic year. Every September we gather to celebrate and honor our seniors and also the outstanding work of our faculty --- the teaching and research that are the soul of our mission. This year our keynote speaker for Convocation will be Prince Edward Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark ’05, a highly distinguished citizen leader in our home community of whom we are exceptionally proud.
At this formal opening, one of the handful of occasions where we gather as a full academic community, I will also in my own remarks this year be sharing some thoughts related to our work and obligations as a university in our home community during these challenging times for the nation and Virginia. Our ideal of citizen leadership can and must serve as a beacon, as I have been reflecting on deeply.
Over these early days of the new year, amidst the challenges across the Commonwealth and country, we have also had the heartache of several tragedies within the Longwood family, which weigh on us greatly. Through it all, I hope the buzz of new activity and energy on campus has been inspiring. It is always for me.