Newly-appointed Clerk of Senate, Katharine Kelly, has seen convocation from both sides now.
Prior to taking on her new post in July, Kelly says that as a faculty member and director of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, she has always “loved” attending convocation.
“As faculty, we put on our robes and show up for the ceremony and take it all in. I love convocation,” says Kelly, who has been at Carleton since 1988.
But as the Senate office gears up for the Nov. 12 convocation ceremony, Kelly says she now has a deeper appreciation for one of the most important events on campus and what goes into making it happen.
“It’s really nice to see how everyone comes together for convocation,” says Kelly, adding that she has always made a point of attending convocation.
Coupled with her new duties as Clerk of Senate, Kelly continues to teach and fulfill her duties as the institute’s director. Despite the tremendous workload, her overwhelming dedication to convocation just gets stronger.
“Everybody is happy and excited. For the students, it’s an acknowledgement that they have accomplished something, and that the university is proud of that accomplishment. We are saying to our students: ‘You matter, you are important and we are proud of you’.”
The Nov. 12 ceremony will be Kelly’s first as Marshal of Convocation – the point person during the ceremony. And she admits she’s a little nervous because she wants everything to go off without a hitch.
“On the other hand, I am really excited because there are going to be some new things at convocation (which she didn’t want to reveal prior to the ceremony) and I think it will be really impressive.”