Your First Year

The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation

Join us for The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation on Sunday, August 18th, 2013.  This formal ceremony marks the official beginning of your academic career at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This year, as a part of the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, family members of Henrietta Lacks the subject of this year’s First-Year Summer Read, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will speak and answer the audiences’ questions.  For more information regarding the First-Year Summer Read and the Lacks’ family visit please visit the First-Year Summer Read website.

Just as commencement is a ritual marking the completion of study, The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation is a ritual that signals the beginning of a college career. The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation brings new students together with faculty and staff to mark a new beginning. Students will be recognized and welcomed by the Chancellor, faculty, alumni, and fellow student leaders. As is tradition, each new student will receive a university seal lapel pin and a daisy, the official flower of UNCG. The ringing of the bell and the alma mater will mark the end of the ceremony; students will hear these again at commencement.

Convocation and Commencement are ritual “bookends,” traditional milestones marking the beginning and culmination of your academic journey.

All new incoming students are required to attend and dress appropriately.

When: Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 3:30pm

Where: Aycock Auditorium, 408 Tate Street, Greensboro, NC 27412

Special Guests: Jeri Lacks Whye & Shirley Lacks

Jeri Lacks Whye is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter. She is employed with the Judiciary System of Baltimore in the Domestic Violence Unit. Jeri has traveled with her father on dozens of trips around the country, adding her own perspective on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells. She is one of the family members consulting on the highly-anticipated HBO film based on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Allan Ball.

Shirley Lacks is Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law and was Deborah’s best-friend in high school. A retired banker, Shirley loves traveling with sharing the story of Henrietta Lacks. Since retiring, she has dedicated a lot of her time to keeping Henrietta Lacks’ legacy alive.