By Rocco Scarcello
Missouri Valley College’s 2015-2016 Convocation ceremony took place on Thursday, Sept. 3. The event started at 10 a.m. and ran until roughly 11 a.m. The ceremony happened on the Quad in front of Baity Hall, with the speakers standing right in front Baity’s front doors.
The students and staff required to participate in the ceremony met by the pillars around 9:30 a.m., and at 10 a.m. they made the trek to Baity to begin the ceremony. Students carried flags of their states and countries, as is tradition.
Freshman McKenzie Tuck found Convocation to be a very interesting experience.
“My favorite part was the amount of pride students showed when they held up their country’s flag or their state’s flag. I didn’t know that there were so many people from different cultures attending MoVal.” said Tuck. She is looking forward to attending next year so she can see what activities are available to students and because she enjoyed seeing how passionate the students are about the organizations they are involved in.
Aside from the carrying of the flags, there were performances by the choir, a bagpiper, the drumline, and the cheerleading team. There were also speeches by several speakers, including MVC’s president, Dr. Bonnie Humphrey. MVC’s clubs and athletic teams were also recognized.
Although he wouldn’t want to attend it again, freshman Cody Guthrie said, “I enjoyed the choir singing the national anthem.”
One of President Humphrey’s favorite parts of Convocation Week is the Student Leaders Dinner. “It’s a wonderful dinner, it’s wonderful to see the student leaders all dressed up in professional type roles, and we always have a great speaker. So that’s a big highlight,” said Humphrey.
She loves seeing how nationally- and globally-diverse MVC is during the part of the ceremony where the flags from the different states and countries represented are introduced.
She is also very happy with the choice to move the Convocation ceremony outdoors. “The extreme heat that happens (in the Burns Gym) has really moved us outside,” she said.
Convocation started on Monday at 7 p.m. with an alcohol awareness presentation in the Tech Center. Tuesday offered the President’s Office open house, Purple Patch presentation, and the invite-only dinner for student leaders. Wednesday brought the release of the MVC folklore book and Student Involvement Day, which occurred outside of the Ferguson Center, and ended with the Convocation Dinner. Thursday was the final day of Convocation and, aside from the ceremony, gave MVC students Movie on the Quad, having taken place at 8:30 p.m.