The Academic Convocation is a formal community celebration of our Lasallian/Catholic tradition, held each year during De La Salle Week.

Convocation is the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, founder of the Christian Brothers and the College’s Lasallian heritage and mission.

During De La Salle Week, the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees awards an honorary doctorate in educational leadership to an exemplary Lasallian leader. The degree is presented at the Academic Convocation, a formal celebration of our Lasallian heritage. The celebration includes music, an address by the honoree, and citations from faculty, staff and students.

On April 13, 2016, the Wednesday of De La Salle Week in the Chapel during Community Time, the honoree will be Brother Thomas Johnson,FSC, Director of the Novitiate for the Lasallian Region of North America.

Past honorees:

  • Brother Armin Altamirano Luistro, Secretary of Education Philippines (Read his address)
  • Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General (Read his address)
  • Brother Alvaro Rodriquez Echeverria, Superior General
  • Brother Augustine (Gus) Boquer,  President of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Philippines
  • Brother Carlos Gabriel Gomez-Restrepo, President of Universidad of de La Salle, Bogota, Columbia
  • Gery Short, Director of Education for the De La Salle Christian Brothers for the Western Province
  • Brother Vincent Malham, former President of Bethlehem University
  • Brother Ed Siderwitz, founder of San Miguel and Catalyst schools in Chicago
  • Brother Gerard Rummery, International formator
  • Brother Jose Cervantes, founder of four universities in Mexico (More about this honoree)