University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

Convocation 2009

From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President
To: UVM Faculty and Staff
Date: August 25, 2009
Re: Convocation 2009

The University of Vermont's Convocation Ceremony officially launching and celebrating academic year 2009-2010 will be held on Sunday, August 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Patrick Gymnasium.

The featured speaker is Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, and author of Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. The book follows the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer, an infectious disease specialist at Harvard University and founder of Partners in Health. Dr, Farmer who has made it his mission to transform health care on a global scale by focusing on the world’s poorest and sickest communities.

Mountains Beyond Mountains was this year's required reading for all first-year students. The first-year reading program seeks to provide a shared intellectual experience and opportunities for discussion on various levels across campus. First-year students are also encouraged to participate in a writing contest co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the UVM Writing Center, and the Writing-in-the-Disciplines Program. Information on the competition may be found on the Convocation website. Copies of Mountains Beyond Mountains are still available at the University Bookstore.

The ceremony will begin with the procession of the platform party, led by James W. Burgmeier, University Marshal and President of the Faculty Senate, with the Pipes and Drums of Saint Andrew's Society of Vermont. Earlier information was distributed to faculty indicating that there would be the traditional faculty procession. In the interest of keeping the Convocation ceremony to an hour, we have since decided that only the platform party will process. Faculty will be provided special seating.

Following Convocation, guests are invited to join the traditional walk down Main Street to the University Green for the Twilight Induction Ceremony of the Class of 2013. In the event of inclement weather, the Induction Ceremony will take place in Patrick Gymnasium.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They will be distributed as follows: UVM first-year students will receive tickets from their residential advisors. August 23 through August 30, UVM upperclassmen, faculty, and staff (with UVM ID) may pick up tickets at the Hoffman Information Desk on the third floor of the Dudley H. Davis Center, followed by community members from August 27 through August 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information, please contact Leslie Logan, Chief of Protocol and Administrator of University Events, 802-656-4205 or

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