Convocation

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.

The 2018 honoree is Dr. Carmelita I. Ouebengco, Chancellor Emeritus and University Fellow at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.  Carmelita has had a professional career that took her from a classroom high school teacher to a graduate school faculty member at De La Salle.  She became the first lay person and woman President at De La Salle in 2003.  Carmelita was appointed by the Superior General of the Christian Brothers to serve as Co-Secretary of the Lasallian Mission Office in Rome. As an educator, she has consistently lived her commitment to the Lasallian mission of service to the marginalized.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to meet Dr. Ouebengco at the Academic Convocation on Wednesday, April 25 at 1 pm in the College Chapel.  There will be a reception following in the Soda Center. 

 

Past honorees:

  • Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem, University
  • Brother Thomas Johnson,FSC,  Director of the Novitiate for the Lasallian Region of North America. ( Read his address)  
  • Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General (Read his address)
  • Brother Armin Altamirano Luistro, Secretary of Education Philippines (Read his address)
  • Brother Alvaro Rodriquez Echeverria, Superior General
  • Brother Gustavo Ramirez Barba, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, General Councilor
  • 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 Jose Cervantes, founder of four universities in Mexico (More about this honoree)
  • Brother Gerard Rummery, International formator
  • Brother Ed Siderwitz, founder of San Miguel and Catalyst schools in Chicago
  • Brother Vincent Malham, former President of Bethlehem University