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Academic Convocation

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Featured Speaker: Keith Knight, '90, '22H

New transfer students and first-year students in the Class of 2026, as well as faculty, librarians, and staff are invited to attend the 41st annual Academic Convocation ceremony. This year's Convocation speaker is Keith Knight. One of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America, Keith is both a 1990 Salem State graduate and a 2022 honorary degree recipient. Knight's comic strip "The K Chronicles" launched in the early 1990's. New students will receive a t-shirt featuring original Keith Knight artwork at Convocation.  

This year’s theme “It all starts here!” celebrates the ceremonial start of the university’s 168th academic year. Remarks will be shared by the university president, provost, student trustee, and president of the Student Government Association. Convocation will be held on Tuesday, September 6 in the Twohig Gymnasium in the O'Keefe Sports Complex. Students are requested to arrive at 10 am in the Gassett Fitness Center to pick up their university t-shirt and to be prepared to wear it for the Convocation ceremony which begins at 10:30 am. This event is mandatory for first-year students.

When 11:45am
Bruce Perry

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