The University of Wisconsin -
Stevens Point held convocation on
Aug. 30, an event serving as an
academic introduction to the campus.
Bernie Patterson, chancellor of
UWSP, commissioned a replica of
the cupola from the iconic Old Main
building in 2012, to be a part o
the university’s ceremonies. These
ceremonies include the two events
on campus; the convocation, and
This new tradition began when
the first year students sealed their
covenant with the university by
touching the cupola as they departed
from the event. The faculty and staff
renewed their commitment in the
“UW-Stevens Point used to hold
a convocation event years ago,”
said Nick Schultz, Media Relations
Director. “This is the first time faculty,
staff and students made a pledge and
touched the replica of the cupola.”
The convocation event focused on
the opportunities for students to forge
a social and academic connection to
the university. This event also was
an opportunity for students to meet
faculty and staff members.
During this ceremony the
students, faculty and staff made a
covenant. There were two pledges
made, one by the students and one
by the faculty.
The faculty and staff’s pledge was to help and support the students
on their path to understanding and
higher education. This pledge also
was made to recognize that education
is a shared responsibility and requires
the collective effort of the whole
The student’s pledge asked
them to make it their mission to
discover and to strive to see the
world from a new perspective. It was
suggested that they broadened their
perspectives by studying different
languages, ethnicities, and beliefs as
well as honing intellectual skills in
math, science, and history.
“It inspired me to get out and try
new things in college,” said Jenny
Fischer, a freshmen at UWSP.
The ceremony also featured Nancy
Page as keynote speaker. Page earned
her master’s degree in professional
development and bachelor’s degree
in physical education at UWSP.
In her speech she talked about
Title IX, which is the federal law
prohibiting sex discrimination in
educational institutions, as well as
women in the sports department.
Melissa Holk, a new freshman
attending convocation, commented
on the speech.
“I liked the topic about the
equality in women’s sports,” Holck
said. “I found it very powerful.”
There will be a commencement on
Dec. 14 this year at 10 a.m. where the
bookend tradition will be observed.