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.

August 21, 2017 Archived Broadcast


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

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


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


William G. Harbinson



Mr. J.J. Brown 
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Appalachian Pep Band


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


Ms. Anderson Clayton
President, Student Government Association

ASPIRE and Pinning


 Ms. Anderson Clayton

Alma Mater


Higher Ground Acapella

Introduction of Keynote Speaker


Dr. Martha McCaughey
Director of the Common Reading Program

Convocation Address


Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Author and Professor of Writing, University of Houston

Class of 2017 Alumni Remarks


Mr. Jonathan Maudlin

Closing Remarks


Mr. J.J. Brown 

"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.