For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Honor Students at 43rd Convocation Ceremony

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 28, 2007—On Friday, October 19, Georgian Court University will celebrate the decades-old tradition of Convocation, featuring a procession of faculty in full colors and academic regalia, to honor those students who have excelled academically over the previous year.

Held in the historic Georgian Court Casino building on the Lakewood campus, the event will commence at 7:00 p.m., and will include a keynote address given by Lorraine Licata, Ph.D., professor of psychology. In her address entitled “Voices and Bridges,” Dr. Licata will discuss these two areas close to her heart and how they can effect change.

“We are facing a world of change at such a rapid pace that we tend to lose track of things that have not changed, which we can achieve using voices and bridges. ‘Voices’ expresses the need to make our opinions known to bring about change by political or social activism, voting, or reaching out to politicians to express our opinions. ‘Bridges’ denotes the need for people to help others reach the other side by gaining knowledge or by mentoring,” she explains.

Dr. Licata was chosen to deliver the address at this fall’s Convocation by receiving the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the May 2007 Commencement. She has been teaching at Georgian Court for over 30 years.

All students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes whose academic record of the previous year merited a 3.6 or better grade point average are Deans’ Scholars, and each will be recognized and receive a certificate. In all, over two hundred students will be recognized for scholarships, awards, and commendations.

For more information about the Convocation ceremony, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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