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University of Oregon Convocation 2009

University Convocation is a formal welcome for new students and faculty. It’s the culminating event of the Week of Welcome, setting the tone for the new academic year, and highlighting the appeal of intellectual activity.

Convocation traditions go back several centuries and vary from university to university. In the 16th century, Oxford University used the term to describe an assembly of master’s graduates, welcoming them to the order of scholars. At the University of Oregon, convocation marks the start of the academic year and welcomes students to the scholarly world of the university. The event is very festive with faculty wearing their academic regalia, rousing music in the air, and a picnic dinner for students and faculty on a campus lawn.

A tradition of UO Convocation is to present an award to an outstanding Oregon high school teacher. This honor is bestowed on a selected nominee from among nominations submitted by new incoming Oregon freshmen. This year, the University honored Stephen Corkett of Sam Barlow High School, Gresham, OR.

Richard Lariviere, new UO President, was the keynote speaker for Convocation 2009. Dr. Lariviere is a renowned scholar in Religious History, specializing in languages, histories, religions and culture of India.

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