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First Year Experience


Every September, Merrimack College begins the academic year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the Academic Convocation.

Convocation is a shared experience that allows us to explore an academic or intellectual issue more deeply together, as a community.

The 2017 keynote speaker was Reginald Dwayne Betts, a poet, memoirist, educator and author of three books: “Bastards of the Reagan Era,” the 2010 NAACP Image Award-winning memoir; “A Question of Freedom”; and the poetry collection ”Shahid Reads His Own Palm.”

Betts is a graduate of the University of Maryland, holds an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College, a law degree from Yale Law School and is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Yale.

Video of Academic Convocation

Sept. 7, 2017

More Information

For more information, check out our library guide or Reginald Dwayne Bett’s website.