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St. Vincent’s College Convocation Program

August 30, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am

The annual St. Vincent’s College Convocation Program will take place on Wednesday, August 30 in Hawley Auditorium.

Order of Exercises:

Welcome                                                                                                 Michael Gargano,  President                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mass                                                                                                         Father Al Forlano, Father Agu Hyginus, Father Joe Schad


Reading                                                                                                Professor Bernadette O’Halloran


Responsorial Psalm                                                                          Professor Theresa Soltis


Offertory Gifts                                                                                       Anet Surrusco


 Student Speaker                                                                                      Victor Padilla – “A Call to Action”


Faculty Greetings                                                                               Professor James Wittstein


Reception                                                                                                First Floor College




“In God’s Sight, We Serve”

Colleges often mark time by two important ceremonies of achievement: Commencement and Convocation. Commencement, or Graduation, is a time that colleges recognize those graduating seniors with great potential who have advanced their career aspirations while making important contributions back to society. Commencement, which is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree, includes great pageantry with colorful regalia, awarding of the degrees and recognition for Summa and Magna Cum Laude honors. In a sense, Commencement represents the transition from student to alumnus.

Convocation, from the Latin-word “convocare,” meaning “to call/come together,” is a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose. At St. Vincent’s College, we celebrate Convocation as a formal way to welcome our new students who have demonstrated their great potential to learn and grow as scholars, individuals and healthcare workers. Convocation is our opportunity to welcome you with the enthusiasm and high confidence your accomplishments and promise inspire.

Over the next few years, the faculty and staff here at St Vincent’s College is eager to watch the ways we develop together. Just like students, Colleges are not static things. We explore new ways to educate and get educated. At St. Vincent’s, we try hard to do that as partners.

Convocation is also a reminder of our collective call to society and fulfilling our College’s mission: “May we never stand by as on lookers when we see a sister or brother worn out by poverty, illness and injustice. Because, if we ignore the suffering of our neighbor, we ignore you.”


Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 427


Reading 1 1 Thes 2:9-13

You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and justly and blamelessly
we behaved toward you believers.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.
And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:7-8, 9-10, 11-12ab

  1. (1) You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
    Where can I go from your spirit?
    From your presence where can I flee?
    If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I sink to the nether world, you are present there.
    R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
    If I take the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
    Even there your hand shall guide me,
    and your right hand hold me fast.
    R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
    If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me,
    and night shall be my light”–
    For you darkness itself is not dark,
    and night shines as the day.
    R. You have searched me and you know me, Lord.

 Alleluia 1 Jn 2:5

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Whoever keeps the word of Christ,
    the love of God is truly perfected in him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 Gospel Mt 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”Top of Form


We look forward to seeing you all there!



August 30, 2017
8:30 am - 11:00 am