The convocation, which is open to the public, starts at 1 p.m. Friday, August 24, in the Stephens Family Arena of the Athletic and Event Center with the traditional procession of faculty and members of the Class of 2022.

This year, our keynote speaker will be Dr. Gretchen McKay, Professor of Art History at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Dr. McKay is an engaging speaker who integrates digital humanities scholarship, methods and tools to provide rich learning experiences for her students. The convocation marks the opening of the 95th academic year at Schreiner University.

Dr. McKay is also a speaker and consultant on active learning in the higher education classroom. She was the recipient of the 2015 Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award at McDaniel College and is also the faculty mentor to the McDaniel College Green Terror football team.

The convocation will also feature a welcome and introductory remarks by University President Dr. Charlie McCormick, championship ring presentation to the 2017-18 Schreiner University Shooting Team, recognition of student leaders, and recitation of the Schreiner Promise, a set of core values that all Schreiner students pledge to follow.

“At Schreiner University, observing this ceremony has been our custom for many years,” said Schreiner University President, Dr. Charlie McCormick. “It is a tradition that we hold in high regard.”

Schreiner University’s first classes were held in 1923-24 when the school was known as Schreiner Institute and offered associates degrees. The name was changed to Schreiner College in 1973 and the first baccalaureate class graduated in 1984. The school was renamed Schreiner University in 2000.