Convocation Ceremony proves to be a success for college

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Samantha DeForest

On Thursday, September 9, President Francesco Cesareo addressed members of the Assumption College community at this year’s Convocation Ceremony, discussing the state of the College. After Cesareo welcomed the audience, Provost Dr. Louise Carroll Keeley introduced the new professors joining the teaching staff this year.

Many other newly hired staff members were introduced and welcomed. One of the most notable was the Director of Academic Support for International Students, Abigail Nolan. Her role will prove critical in assisting the growing number of students enrolling from outside of the United States.

“Our balance sheet remains strong; and…the College community is developing innovative plans to favorably position Assumption in this highly competitive marketplace,” said Cesareo.

The two significant updates discussed in this year’s Convocation were the proposal for the new academic building and the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Race. The addition of a Civilian Victim Advocate, made possible by a Violence Against Women Grant, was another improvement recognized in Cesareo’s speech.

“Last spring the Trustees authorized the administration to move forward and create construction drawings for the new building, which should be completed by the end of this calendar year,” said Cesareo of the proposed physical addition to the College’s campus.

According to current plans, the new building will feature facilities such as a 400-seat auditorium, a function hall that can seat 400, a terrace overlooking campus, computer classrooms as well as traditional classrooms of various sizes and 35 offices and conference rooms. This project is only one of several positive additions in Assumption’s future.

“Everyone on this campus shares in the mission to promote the conversations that are necessary for successfully achieving such relations of respect and reverence between individuals, groups, cultures, religions and races,” said Cesareo of the Presidential Task Force on Race.

The general outlook of the College conveyed at the 2015 Convocation was one of unprecedented success, and the upcoming changes will continue to improve the state of the College.

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