Convocation anyone?

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Convocation anyone?
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 9:59am

I'm Janet.  Been around ivillage for years, but mostly just glean information from other parents.  Don't post too much. 

My DD is a freshman.  On freshman move in day, they have a New Student and Parent Convocation in the afternoon.  Do most colleges do that?  Is it worth attending?  It basically sounds like another chance to welcome students and give a pep talk.  They entice you with a free planner and dinner following.  Just curious if others have attended and if they would again.

 

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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:31am
When older ds went off to school as a freshman they had a President's convocation late in the afternoon - it was a cook out and the president spoke. We opted not to go as we'd already done the orientation stuff and Jason seemed anxious to have us leave and get started on his own. Did look kind of fun as we walked by it, though! When Justin went off that one year they didn't have anything like that. In fact, his whole floor (maybe his whole dorm) met at a certain time to go explore Platteville. It was quite clear that this was the time for them to say good bye to the parents!

I'd say follow your dd's lead. If she seems nervous about you leaving and wants to attend go with her - perhaps it would be a way to meet some people. If she seems anxious to get started on her own let it go.
Pam
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:52am
My younger dd's school does a convocation, but I believe it was the Monday after move in weekend. I'm not sure if she went her freshman year. They did do a bbq move in weekend, but we didn't go (line for food was so long, it was hot and I think she was overwhelmed). I love all kinds of ceremonial stuff, so I would probably go.
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 11:07am
DS started at a private Jesuit school and they had this in the morning - it was a bit long but you got the 'feel' of the faculty, staff and other students. DH and I were a bit overwhelmed (impressed); ds hated it.

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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 11:31am

Depending on the college/university, they can be boring or splendid, or somewhere in between.  At Columbia's, for example, they have flags waving for every country represented by the student body, and supposedly it's quite impressive.

We attended our son's at a northeast liberal arts college.  It was a BIG deal, with students lined up and going in to sit separately from families.  Because the emphasis at this college is on creativity and there are a lot of performing arts groups, the convocation included a bit of that, in addition to the keynote by the president.  We didn't attend the president's reception after that, as it was rather late and DS was ready for us to leave.  But it gave a sense of formality and set a sense of expectations, and we were glad we went.

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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:28pm

We went and I honestly really liked it. It was a bit cheesy (rahrah school and all that) but at the same time, it actually made us all that much more excited. They had some great musical groups playing (IU has an amazing music school) and some nice speakers. Even though dd wasn't exactly eager to go in the beginning, I think she was glad in the end and felt happy to have attended. I'm probably biased because I like ceremonies, but I do think they often make nice memories. :smileyhappy:

Theresa

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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:02am

Thanks for the replies.  I ended up RSVPing a yes.  But if it seems like DD is doing great and ready for us to leave, I am not opposed to missing it.  It starts at 3:30, and they say dinner starts at 4:30, so at least I know it won't be overly long, and since it is move-in day, it is casual "come as you are."   I actually think it may be good for us to have a definite end to our part of the day, as in, Dad, it's time to leave her now!  :^)

Janet

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 08-13-2012 - 12:14am
Dd is going to a small private college and it is required for students, and there is a time to say goodbye to your student and then the parents go off.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 9:48am

There is one at dd's school.  The orchestra that dd is playing in is going to perform at it (and dd said something about she doesn't have to play at her own convocation).  But- she's got to be there on Friday for orchestra camp.  Convocation is Monday (Tuesday)?  Parents are invited- but I just don't want to drive the 3.5 hours one way to see it LOL. 

I just hope we can fit all of the "stuff" that's all over her room into the very small car we are driving her there in :smileytongue:

Cheryl

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 9:06am
Lol! We had to take 2 cars, one for stuff and one for all the people!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!