President's Convocation on August 27 opens 195th academic year at Centenary College

Andreas Ekström

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary students, faculty, and staff will gather in Brown Chapel for the annual President’s Convocation on Tuesday, August 27, at 11:00 a.m. This ceremony to formally open the College’s 195th academic year features an address by Andreas Ekström, an internationally-known writer and speaker, and a performance by the Centenary College Choir. The event is free and open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to welcome Andreas Ekström to campus and look forward to learning more about how our students can meet the challenges of the world they will encounter upon graduation,” says Centenary president Dr. Christopher L. Holoman. “I am honored to have him as our President’s Convocation speaker.”

Ekström is a Swedish journalist and speaker who travels around the world educating about and advocating for digital equality. He is a TED Speaker, the author of seven books, and the winner of Sweden’s 2019 “Speaker of the Year” award. Ekström is passionate about his vision of a world where knowledge and power are shared, especially in the digital realm. His research, writing, and lectures explore the power structures of the ongoing digital revolution and generate important questions about how to work toward true digital equality.

The President’s Convocation serves as the official opening for the Centenary academic year and the welcome for the first-year class, most of whom just returned from nine days of immersive study in Paris, France, as part of the College’s unique Centenary in Paris program. In addition to Ekström’s address, the President’s Convocation ceremony includes music from the Centenary College Choir and the presentation of the student Honor Court by Honor Court Chief Justice Laura Frazier.

Classwork for Centenary’s fall 2019 semester begins Monday, August 26.