The USJ community celebrated the start of the 2017-2018 academic year with a traditional ceremony of Convocation, followed by a university-wide ice cream social on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Commencing at 3 p.m. in the Connor Chapel of Our Lady, students, faculty, staff, and administrators came together to commemorate the start of the new year – a beloved annual event on campus.
“I think Convocation is a good tradition because it brings everybody together,” said Dara Tannariello ’18. “Personally, when I was a freshman, it made me feel welcome and more comfortable with interacting and asking questions on campus.”
Speakers included President Rhona C. Free, Ph.D., Provost Michelle Kalis, Ph.D., and Ola Ghoneim, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. As the recipient of the 2017 Reverend John J. Stack Excellence in Teaching Award, Dr. Ghoneim delivered the Convocation address.
During her speech entitled “Sixteen Houses, Five Countries, and Three States; Chasing Life’s Lessons!,” Dr. Ghoneim shared her advice as the Class of 2021 embarks on their college journey. “Change and transition are unavoidable. They pose challenges, but we learn from these challenges,” she remarked.
Dr. Ghoneim also encouraged the students to be kind, to keep an open mind and respect the opinions of others, and to learn from hardships while celebrating triumphs. After wishing the class well, she imparted one final piece of wisdom: “Get uncomfortable with being comfortable, then try to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
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