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Academic Convocation – August 26, 2019

The Academic Convocation will be held on Monday, August 26th, 2019, at 3 p.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center.

Academic Convocation, which marks the official opening of the academic year, will welcome new members of our community – students in the Class of 2023, transfer students, and new faculty members. On Convocation day, the College will follow an abbreviated class schedule.  Hear an inspiring keynote address by Reverend Gregory Joseph Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, the College’s 2019-20 Common Reading selection.  Join us after to socialize with the campus community at our Convocation reception.  It is open to the entire campus community.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Rev. Gregory Boyle

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Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Now in its 30th year, Homeboy traces its roots to when Boyle, a Jesuit priest with advanced degrees in English and theology, served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, which also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Homeboy has become the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world, and employs and trains gang members and felons in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women each year who walk through its doors seeking a better life. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize, the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and named a 2014 Champion of Change by the White House. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.