Black and Gold Convocation

Welcome to Black and Gold Convocation! Help welcome our new students by attending convocation on August 21st. 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 requests.

Monday, August 21, 2017, 10:00am
Holmes Convocation Center

Mr. J.J. Brown, Vice Chancellor for Student Development


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


William G. Harbinson



Mr. J.J. Brown 
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


President, Student Government Association

Alma Mater



Academic Oath and Pinning



Introduction of Keynote Speaker


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

Convocation Address


Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Alumni Remarks


Appalachian Alumni Association

Closing Remarks


Mr. J.J. Brown 

"Marche Vaillant"


 Appalachian Pep Band

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.