For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University to Celebrate Centennial Convocation

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 10, 2008—On Friday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m., Georgian Court University will celebrate the university’s Centennial Convocation, a formal tradition that dates back nearly 50 years. The event, which is filled with history, pomp, and circumstance, features a procession of faculty in full colors and academic regalia and honors those students who have excelled academically over the previous year.

Stemming from the Latin word for “calling together,” the dictionary describes a convocation as “a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose; a ceremonial meeting or assembly.” Yet, that can hardly describe this very proper ritual attended by hundreds of people in the ornate and picturesque Georgian Court Casino building on the Lakewood campus.

This year’s ceremony will culminate in a keynote address given by Judith Schubert, RSM, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and theology. In her address, she will reflect on the question, “What Characterizes a Truly Educated Person?” discussing the importance of education in the life of students at Georgian Court University and the effects of a wholly education person.

“Proper education supports growth in the mental, psychological, and spiritual growth of a person,” says Dr. Schubert. “I picked my topic in light of the nature of the occasion—to honor students who have excelled in scholarship, and in the light of the anticipated audience; namely, their family and friends.”

“I hope that students will realize the privileged opportunities that they have in life because of their participation in higher education,” she adds.

Dr. Schubert was chosen to deliver the Convocation address by receiving the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Centennial 2008 Commencement held in May.

“I am humbled to have received the award and am forever grateful to be blessed with such enjoyable and receptive students throughout my years of teaching,” she states.

At the event, over 200 students will be recognized with departmental awards, scholarships, and citations. According to Michael Gross, Ph.D., associate provost for academic program development, “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.”

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, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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