St. Olaf will hold Opening Convocation Thursday

St. Olaf College will usher in a new academic year on Thursday, September 7, with its annual Opening Convocation at 11:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel.

All are welcome to attend, and it will be streamed and archived online.

Faculty will process in academic regalia and Student Government Association President Jauza Khaleel ’18 will welcome the congregation.

The Opening Convocation address will be delivered by Anne Groton, the Marie M. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Classics and chair of the St. Olaf Department of Classics. Her talk, titled “The Light Touch,” will focus on how “the light touch” can help Oles in the work and the play that is done together on the Hill.

Groton joined the St. Olaf faculty as a specialist in ancient drama in 1981. She has taught courses in Greek, Latin, classics, and the Great Conversation program, and has led the Classics Interim abroad in Greece and Italy a dozen times. She has directed 21 touring student productions of Roman comedy in a mixture of English and Latin.

Groton has chaired the Department of Classics and directed the Ancient Studies and Medieval Studies programs for nearly two decades. She is the author of numerous publications, and has also led Phi Beta Kappa and the Language and Literature Group and advised the Blue Key student organization.