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Georgian Court University Celebrates Annual Convocation

GCU Tradition Highlights Student Achievement

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 5, 2009—Georgian Court University will salute more than 200 of its highest achievers during the school’s 45th Annual Convocation, slated for 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 15, in the historic Casino building on GCU’s Lakewood campus.

The yearly event is a time for pomp and circumstance, and features faculty in full colors and academic regalia as they recognize the diligent work of students who have at least a 3.6 grade average or who demonstrate excellence in other ways.

The formal GCU ceremony, which dates back nearly half a century, also recognizes standout student leaders and top scholars in various academic disciplines and organizations. An array of scholarships and other awards—including some that recognize student involvement in extracurricular activities, professional organizations, or community service—are highlighted during the ceremony.

The featured speaker for the 2009 Convocation is Mary Lee Batesko, Ed.D., professor of education and chairperson for teacher certification programs at Georgian Court. Dr. Batesko will address the importance of passion.

“Unless you have passion for what you do, you can’t pass it on to the next person,” says Dr. Batesko, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in education. “And no matter what your chosen profession may be, there are certain things that always go into having passion: persistence, content, and context. There will be lots of times where we have failures, but life doesn’t continue on an even keel. We learn to walk, fall, and get back up.”

Dr. Batesko was chosen to deliver the annual address after receiving the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence during the GCU’s 2009 Commencement in May.

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 3,100 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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