2015 Opening Convocation Set for Sept. 1 | Benedictine College

2015 Opening Convocation Set for Sept. 1

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Benedictine College will celebrate the start of another record-setting academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with a formal All School Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Abbey Church, followed by the traditional Opening Convocation in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. The homily at the Mass will be delivered by Fr. Timothy S. Hickey, a 1981 Benedictine graduate and former editor of Columbia magazine. The annual Convocation signals the end of “Beanie Week” at the college and features faculty recognitions as well as a keynote speaker. This year, Paolo Carozza, director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, will address the gathering.

In addition to his position with the Kellogg Institute, Carozza is a professor of law and concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. With expertise in comparative constitutional law, human rights, law and development, and international law, he focuses his research on Latin America, Western Europe, and international themes more broadly. His current work revolves around the relationships between law, human rights, and human development.

Widely published, Carozza’s most recent works include “Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Human Experience,” in Christopher McCrudden, ed., Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Regional Protection of Human Rights (with Dinah Shelton) (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2012).

A member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2006–10), Carozza served as its president in 2008–09. In 2012, he received the Order of Merit of Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s highest state honor awarded to foreign citizens, in recognition of his service to the Inter-American system.

Carozza holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University and at Harvard Law School as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law.

Following the keynote address, the freshman class will be welcomed into the community of Ravens and will remove their beanies. The practice of freshmen wearing beanies dates back generations and Benedictine College may be the only college in America that still observes the tradition.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.