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Convocation Opens 2012-13 School Year

The 2012-13 academic year began with Fontbonne’s annual Academic Convocation Ceremony, Wednesday, Aug. 29, featuring speaker Curt Ellis, co-founder of FoodCorps and co-producer of the documentary "King Corn."

Read Ellis' speech, "Foodocracy."

Also during the ceremony, S. Rita Maria Schmitz, CSJ who celebrates her 50th Jubilee this year, received recognition for her service to Fontbonne. The campus community celebrated with her as she renewed her vows during the Mass of the Holy Spirit and later, at a reception on campus.

The women of the Fontbonne Community Connection were also honored during Academic Convocation for five years of contributions to Fontbonne University. Learn more about the FCC and their impact on the university.

Why is Academic Convocation important?
Fontbonne University was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a community of religious women that has ministered to the needs of individuals and the world for more than 350 years. Today, we gather to recognize, celebrate and strengthen our identity as a Catholic institution of higher education that seeks to focus the charism of the Sisters into one particular mission: educating leaders to serve a world in need. At Academic Convocation, we put our academic vision into action. At our Mass of the Holy Spirit, we call upon the same Spirit that filled the first Sisters of St. Joseph as they reached out to those in need in Le Puy, France, more than 350 years ago. At our welcome back barbecue, we celebrate the community of individuals that makes this mission possible.