Convocation 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 12:00 p.m., Church Street Center

Featured Speaker

Monique Symes '11

Monique Symes photo2Monique Symes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Media and a minor in Political Science in 2011. She holds a Master of Education degree from Lesley University. She currently serves on the MCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors.

As a student, Ms. Symes took charge on campus; not only did she do well in her studies and manage to graduate a semester early, she cofounded NeXXus (the MCLA step team) and served as a Residential Advisor.

Ms. Symes has taken that same energy as an alumna and professional in the workforce, and put it towards teaching inner-city youth at the Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester. During the day, she teaches her middle school students lessons in humanities, and following school hours, she teaches them step. As the former Captain and President of NeXXus, she demanded excellence; as an educator, she does the same. She is a dynamic leader, influences students positively and serves as a role model to many.

The college honored Ms. Symes with its MCLA Young Alumnus Award in 2014. Ms. Symes also received the Dean’s Medallion in 2010-2011 for her leadership and service to MCLA and the Lorraine B. Maloney award for volunteer work in 2008-2009.  Ms. Symes is a native of Boston and currently resides there.

Convocation - Join our Traditions

Convocation symbolizes the official beginning of your academic career at the college and your acceptance into our community of learners. It is a time when we gather together to welcome new students into our community, and instill the value of your education and the significance of being part of a community of learners, where knowledge and scholarship are valued.

As part of Convocation, you will walk through the College gates. These gates are opened only twice a year. You will pass through at Convocation and again at Commencement when you conclude your academic career at MCLA. Faculty, staff, administrators, and College trustees in full academic regalia are there to show commitment to our new members of the MCLA community.

Convocation is a time to celebrate. We celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you.