Convocation spotlight on…

Names: Fred Michel
Position: Associate Professor
Department: Institute of Environmental Science and the Department of Earth Sciences

How long have you worked on Convocation?

As a faculty member I have participated in Convocation whenever possible for the 25 years that I have been at Carleton. I have been a beadle* for the past decade or so.

What is your function before or during Convocation and why is it important?

As beadle I help to organize the students prior to their entrance to the Convocation ceremony and then help to guide them throughout the ceremony. The smooth flow of Convocation depends upon how efficiently the beadles carry out their work during the ceremony.

(The beadles are identified by their distinctive black, red and white sashes.)

What is it about working on Convocation that inspires you?

The greatest inspiration comes from being able to work with the students during this time of celebration. I have the opportunity to talk with them before their big entrance and during the ceremony I am able to congratulate each one individually. It is also a time when I can help to settle any jitters and make the program run smoothly for the graduands and their families (with the photo ops, medallist awards, etc.).

*A beadle is a ceremonial usher and the term is traditionally used to refer to a minor parish official formerly employed in an English church to usher and keep order during services. This year, four faculty members are expected to act as beadles at the Spring Convocation ceremonies.

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