Convocation Launches ’04 – ’05 Academic Year

 
   
 
   

President James F. Jones, Jr. formally welcomed the members of the Class of 2008 to Trinity on September 2, 2004, and urged them to commit themselves to upholding the principles of respect, responsibility, and accountability during the President's Convocation on the main Quad. Beneath the statue of Bishop Brownell, the College’s founder, President Jones gave the keynote address in a ceremony that included an invocation by College Chaplain Daniel Heischman and remarks by Interim Dean of Faculty Frank Kirkpatrick and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Charles Botts. Botts, a member of the Class of ’01, led the members of the Class of 2008 in a spirited rendition of the class yell from the Class of 1908.

The Convocation began with the first-year students entering the Quad through the Fuller Arch, flanked on either side by robed faculty members and surrounded by a gathering of faculty, staff, parents, and friends. The formal ceremony marked the official beginning of the College’s 181st academic year. During his speech, President Jones offered a brief history lesson on the origins of the modern academy, recounting the question that was asked of would-be students nearly 700 years ago: “What do you seek?”

In a speech that quoted sources as wide-ranging as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Adlai Stevenson, Jones told the incoming students, “You are entering a vital community of scholars, each of whom is your fellow learner in this place. … First and foremost, we must respect each other and this place. We must treat each other, each of us a unique human being with value, as we would wish to be treated ourselves. And respecting others and this place means above all that we must respect and value diversity in all its forms: family origin, religious expression, economic background, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and the like because we are at root and by definition interdependent, each one of us to each other.”

President Jones also quoted five lines of poetry that were originally inspired by the British poet Christopher Logue:

“Come to the edge,” he said.
But they said, “We are afraid.”
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They came, he pushed them,
And they flew.

 

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