Black and Gold Convocation

Welcome to the first Black and Gold Convocation! Help welcome our new students by attending convocation on August 15th. Faculty are encouraged to wear their regalia to show our students the wide educational diversity that our talented faculty bring to the Applalachian campus. Convocation will not be live streamed. This event is open to the public, faculty, staff, and students.

Live caption stream of the Black & Gold Convocation Ceremony will be available.

Please contact the Office of Disability Services for a sign language interpreter or other accommodation request.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 1:00pm
Holmes Convocation Center

Mr. Leroy Wright, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development


Processional "Procession of the Scholars"
Appalachian Pep Band
Mr. Kevin Richardson, Conductor


William G. Harbinson



Mr. Leroy Wright
Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Development

"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Appalachian Pep Band
Kevin Richardson, Conductor 


Francis Scott Key



Dr. Sheri N. Everts

Academic Welcome


Dr. Darrell P. Kruger
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Introduction of Harvey R. Durham Award Recipient


Dr. Darrell P. Kruger

Student Government Association Welcome


Mr. Jalyn Howard
President, Student Government Association

Alma Mater


Higher Ground Acapella

Academic Oath and Pinning


Mr. Jalyn Howard



Mr. Joseph R. Bathanti
Professor of Creative Writing

Introduction of Keynote Speaker


Dr. Colin T. Ramsey
Associate Professor of English and Director of the Common Reading Program

Convocation Address


Mr. Jon Ronson

Alumni Remarks


Mr. James K. Reaves
Past President, Appalachian Alumni Association

Closing Remarks


Mr. Leroy Wright

"Marche Vaillant"
Appalachian Pep Band


Paul Koepke

Video audio recording devices are not allowed for this event. For the protection of persons and property, access to the Holmes Convocation Center may require searches of any person or possessions.