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Rising to our Future: Holy Names University Convocation

Well, I’m no pro video editor, but it was fun to play around with putting this simple commemorative video together in iMovie using clips and photos taken by me and my colleague, graphic designer Maria Theren, at this year’s Convocation, Holy Names University’s ceremonial way to officially begin the academic year and welcome the Class of 2015 on their academic journey.

According to tradition, the new students walk up the towering double stairways that define the main campus to the Public Market, the University’s dining hall, for a formal celebration. Four years later upon graduation, students walk back down the stairs to receive their diplomas. It’s an impressive and moving display.

During the event, the many of the students who received one of HNU’s named or endowed scholarships, a merit scholarship, or a talent scholarship for athletics or music are recognized.

Here’s an excerpt from the HNU News blog:

This year, Holy Names University is celebrating two anniversaries: 40 years ago Holy Names became totally coeducational, and 30 years ago we opened the Weekend College, our first program for adult undergraduate students. In reflection of these anniversaries, the theme of Convocation 2011 was “Rising to our Future,” eloquently addressed by our alumni speakers, Miguel Bustos, Class of 1993, and Helen Raines-Austin, Class of 2004.

Learn more about the alumni speakers and the event here »