I woke up this morning and couldn't believe it's September already! That means the students are moved in, the faculty are back on campus, and staff members have wrapped up their summer vacations. Today, we had our very first all-College Convocation to welcome everyone back and to celebrate the opening of the academic year. Now that the campus is alive again, you can ask anyone and they'll tell you that September is, well, crazy! But, today's ceremony allowed us time to reflect on Simmons' mission and to commemorate our spirit of resilience as we move forward in the 2010-11 academic year. In her closing remarks, Provost Charlena Seymour encouraged the community to exclaim:
VIVAT ACADEMIA! VIVANT PROFESSORS! VIVANT MEMBRA QUAELIBET!
In short, Long Live Simmons!
I'll be heading to the Undergraduate Honors Ceremony today at 2 p.m. when we'll recognize the academic achievements of our students. I must say, I'm looking forward to seeing our new class of seniors and to meeting the first years! To read more about today's events, visit the Convocation website or follow Simmons on Twitter.