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Campus kicks off 2022-23 year with Academic Convocation


Academic Convocation
(DePaul University/Steven Woltmann)
Faculty and staff celebrated the start of the 2022-23 academic year at the annual Academic Convocation ceremony on Sept. 1 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Lincoln Park.   

Salma Ghanem, provost for DePaul, shared opening remarks during the morning's program.  

"All of us together play a role in helping our students access a quality education. We’re responsible for seeing that each student who comes to DePaul not only graduates, but graduates armed with a strong sense of the Vincentian mission and the ability to have a transformative impact on society," she said. "Your actions show time and time again just what the mission means to you."  

Robert L. Manuel, president of DePaul, delivered closing remarks, sharing his optimism for what is to come for the university and touching on his 125-day transition approach​​. 

"We stand on the threshold of opportunity at DePaul – a moment to access the unique, faith-based, and impactful educational programs that we offer, and then connect them to the community around us," Manuel said. "If we dedicate ourselves to the big questions found in this moment, we can address the many issues surrounding access, equity, relevance and affordability. In doing so, we will define the value of our mission and our institution to the world." 

Read the complete remarks delivered by Manuel and Ghanem.