First-Year Student Convocation


First-Year Student Convocation is an important tradition at Seattle U.  As your first academic ceremony, we celebrate the start of your SU journey.  During the event, faculty and staff will process in their academic regalia, as a precursor to your graduation.  You'll hear from campus leaders like Provost Bob Dullea, President Sundborg and Pa Ousman Jobe, student body president.  You will also present your signed class banner to the university (Class of 2019 pictured above).

We conclude with a discussion of this year's common text, Notes from No Man's Land by Eula Biss.  This collection of essays highlights many important, challenging conversations about race in the U.S., including issues of “passing,” eugenics, segregation, public education, state violence, fear, neocolonialism, white privilege/fragility, intersectionality, class, “news” reporting, etc.  These topics feel very pertinent to our times and our mission.

Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, will visit the SU campus on Tuesday, October 10. She will offer a public reading and Q&A session that evening in the Pigott Auditorium.  All are welcome!

First-Year Student Convocation
Monday, September 18th
9 am - 12 pm
Connolly North Court