• Academic Convocation

    Welcoming New Students to Worcester State

    Academic Convocation took place on September 1, 2021. Recap the ceremony below.


    What is Convocation?

    Worcester State University’s Academic Convocation officially welcomes new students into our academic community and fosters a sense of belonging. Convocation is literally a “calling together” of all new students. It is a formal academic ceremony that, together with Commencement, will serve as bookends to your time here at Worcester State. Convocation serves to officially welcome you to the academic core of your university experience. We hope that this event will serve as an opportunity to gain an appreciation for the university’s values and traditions.

    Convocation is also designed to inspire your commitment to excellence within an academic community of students, faculty, and staff. You will be introduced at this time to some of the many individuals here to support your learning and intellectual development.

    2021 Stage Party & Speakers

    The ceremony was led by the following stage part members and speakers:

    Master of Ceremonies

    Dr. Noah Dion, Academic Affairs

    Faculty Marshall

    Professor Michael Hachey, Visual & Performing Arts

    Leading Alma Mater

    Renee Mercier, Class of 2022

    University President

    President Barry Maloney

    Faculty Speaker

    Dr. Samuel O’Connell, President of the Massachusetts State College Association Worcester Chapter

    Student Speaker

    Karen Shalev, SGA President and Class of 2022

    Alumni Speaker

    Geovanna Diaz Chavez, Class of 2012

    Faculty Speaker

    Dr. Katie Frazier, Psychology

    Other Stage Party Members

    Dr. Linda Larrivee, Dean of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences
    Dr. Raynold Lewis, Dean of Education, Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies
    Dr. Russ Pottle, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Dr. Lois Wims, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs