SALISBURY –Livingstone College held is Fall Convocation at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, inside Varick Auditorium. The assembly was the college’s first official indoor program since February 2020 due to the global pandemic.
Fall Convocation marked the official opening of school and recognized the freshman class as it signifies the beginning of their collegiate journey at Livingstone. The senior class is also recognized for their persistence and perseverance as class members see the finish line on the horizon.
The guest speaker for the event was Bishop Kenneth Monroe, newly-elected senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and newly-elected chairman of the Livingstone College Board of Trustees.
Broadcast legend, William Reid “Bill” Rollins, was also on the program as an honorary degree candidate. Recently, he donated $200,000 to the college’s proposed communications program. Rollins is former president of the Suburban Radio Group.
The event can be on the college’s official YouTube channel: Livingstone College Official YouTube Channel.
All in attendance were required to wear masks and social distancing was in place. Student program participants were tested for COVID prior to the event.
Immediately following Fall Convocation, freshmen met on the front lawn to be issued their free laptop computers.
Livingstone announced in May that all incoming freshmen and new transfers who were fully enrolled and registered, completed their 2021 FAFSA, cleared the student health services office and satisfied all related fees will receive the new laptop.
“An area of concern for the college is closing the digital divide,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “We have discovered that as a result of this pandemic, many students do not have the necessary tools to render their matriculation successful. A critical tool is having access to a laptop computer, which is compatible with the upgraded campus network.”