While in college, students experience significant transitions and milestones. The following programs are intended to support purposeful reflection and discernment, and celebrate achievements.
First-Year Student Fall Convocation
First-year students, student leaders, faculty, and administrators convene for this ceremony which marks the threshold of full matriculation into the College community. Like St. Ignatius of Loyola, at the top of the mountain Montserrat, who offered himself for a new and still mysterious destiny, students are asked to offer gifts as a means of enriching their own lives and the lives of their companions.
Weekend Workshop on Reflection & Journaling
Students retreat to an off-campus conference center for an overnight workshop where they examine methods of reflection. Faculty presentations are followed by time for journaling and peer led discussion groups.
Navigate Your Future
This browsing fair of leadership opportunities is held each January and is jointly coordinated by the Office of Student Involvement and Academic Services. The following are examples of groups that sponsor booths and disseminate information to potential leaders: Campus Activities Board (CAB), First-Year Program Liaisons, Gateways Orientation Leaders, Intramural Coordinators, Judicial Advisors, Multicultural Peer Educators (MPEs), Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorder Peer Educators (NEED), Odyssey Resident Counselors, Passport Pathfinders, Peer Mentors, Relationship Peer Educators (RPEs), Resident Assistants (RAs), Admissions Senior Interviewers, Sexual Health Peer Educators, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD), and Students for Responsible Choices (SRCs).
A "for seniors, by seniors" event, the Senior Convocation is held at the midpoint of senior year and invites students to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of their three and one-half years at college. Furthermore, they consider how they might best use their last semester and how they will shape their lives and their life's work. Through a series of readings, personal testimonies, and musical performances, seniors return to the questions asked of them at Orientation: Who am I? Who do I want to become? And who will I be for others?
Senior Reflection Luncheon
Three or four senior speakers are selected by the Valedictorian Selection Committee to present personal reflections at this senior week lunch event. A slide show and musical performances enhance the ambiance and reflection questions are posed to all seniors by the presenters.