Thursday, September 8, 20164:00PM - Thursday, September 8, 20165:00PM
At Wheeler Mall
Longwood University celebrates the official opening of the academic year with the Convocation Ceremony. Convocation is a formal ceremony where seniors wear academic regalia and are initiated into their final year of university education. At Longwood, we honor the transition into seniorhood with the traditional capping ceremony. Distinguished faculty members are presented awards and a keynote speaker gives the address. This year, Convocation is on Thursday, September 8 at 4 pm on Wheeler Mall.
Jim Lehrer, the former host of PBS Newshour and the author of more than 20 books, will address students at Convocation on September 8. His memoir of his experience as debate moderator, "Tension City," has been selected for Longwood's First Year Reading Experience this fall and will be read by all incoming freshmen, and Lehrer will also be speaking with freshmen during his visit to campus.
Lehrer is the most respected and heralded debate moderator in American history, having led an unprecedented 12 debates since 1988. His non-partisan and well-prepared approach to moderating earned him the confidence of every major political candidate, and in both the 1996 and 2000 election years he was tapped to moderate every debate of those cycles.