Photo: Students carry flags representing their home countries during the Convocation ceremony. (Photo by Kathrine Flores)
Story by Kathrine Flores
A second big event for 2013 at MVC has been moved because of severe weather conditions. Convocation was moved to the quad because of a heat wave making its way through the MVC campus. Last semester, the graduation ceremony was moved into the Burns Gym because of a rare snowfall in May.
Convocation is an annual event that Missouri Valley holds at the beginning of every school year as a welcoming for the incoming freshman class. Convocation consists of speeches, state and country representations, student leadership presentation, and prayer.
During the Convocation ceremony, there is always an MVC faculty member, who received the McCallum Excellence in Teaching award as main speaker. This year’s Convocation speaker, Waylon Hiler, assistant Professor of Biology, will be giving his speech at a later time.
Though Hiler received the McCallum Excellence in Teaching award, he said, “Formal recognition is not what motivates us to educate…I think it’s the recognition you receive from former students who tell you that you were a positive influence in their life or that you contributed to their success as a professional, that ultimately motivates us.”
The only feature that Hiler said that separates him from the “many outstanding faculty members” is his “height.”
Despite the addition of two large fans in the gym, the heat and humid levels were still high. So, the quad became the setting for a short ceremony this time, with the presenation of flags, carried by students representing many states and countries, and an entertaining flash mob dance at the end of the ceremony.
Photo below: MVC student enjoy a conga line in a flash mob dance at the end of the ceremony. (Photo by Kathrine Flores)