Opening Convocation 2012

On Aug, 24, Champlain College President David F. Finney welcomed the College community to the 134th Opening Convocation. He spoke to 607 incoming first-year students in the Class of 2016, advising them to "be the change," or at least begin the process of deciding what type of change appeals to them. This decision would determine the path they will take in their journey at Champlain.

The academic welcome at Convocation included student welcome from Adam Rowe '14, President of the Student Government Association, keynote address by Winthrop Smith, Champlain's 2012 Distinguished Citizen honoree, and Excellence in Teaching address by Assistant Professor David Mona, the 2003-05 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship recipient for great teaching, who spoke on behalf of Laurel Bongiorno.

During this ceremony, President Finney also conferred two Faculty Emeriti to retired faculty in recognition of their sustained contributions to Champlain College. The designation of emerita/emeritus status is awarded to those who throughout their distinguished careers have excelled in the multiple roles of the professoriate: teaching and student engagement, institutional service, professional development, scholarship, and collegiality and who have served a significant portion of their careers at Champlain. This year, Faculty Emeriti was granted to Walter Luchini and Edith K. Templin.

President Finney ended the ceremony by reiterating, "Congratulations on being here. We are all looking forward to getting to know you and to making your journey here as challenging and as fun as possible. You have all of our best wishes as you begin this new phase of your life. And remember what Mahatma Gandhi said, 'be the change!'"

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit