First Year Academic Convocation
go set the world aflame!
This year’s first Year Academic Convocation will take place on Thursday, September 6th, 2018.
Prior to the first flight procession, first year students will gather by residence hall on their respective campus and dine at McElory or Stuart Dining Hall.
Following dinner, students will make their way to Stokes lawn with their residence hall and at 6 PM the First Flight procession will commence, followed by the keynote address at 7 PM in Conte Forum.
As a member of the class of 2022, each of student will have the opportunity to read Designing Your Life by Stanford Professors, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. On the evening of September 6th, our University community will welcome one of the authors, Dave Evans, to Boston College to engage the first year class in a conversation about this work through his keynote address and subsequent classroom sessions.
As you read Designing Your Life, it is the hope of the University that it gives you insight into how to respond to life’s questions and seek direction as you move through your own personal journey. View the Designing Your Life Reading Guide here.
(Please note: The reading guide is an Adobe Reader® (PDF) formatted file. To view, you may need to download the free Adobe Reader.
Since 2004, Conversations in the First Year has engaged members of the incoming class in an intellectual and reflective dialogue with a common text, embodying the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition at Boston College which calls us to examine our faith and experience in conversation with other thinkers in order to pursue the greater glory of God. This conversation among thinkers that will begin with this common text will carry over to conversations with all members of the Boston College community during your next four years.
2017 Lev Golinkin: A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka
2016 Steve Pemberton: A Chance in the World
2015 David Brooks: The Road to Character
2014 Dave Eggers: The Circle
2013 Bill Strickland: Make the Impossible Possible
2012 Dan Barry: Bottom of the 33rd
2011 Colum McCann: Let the Great World Spin
2010 Daniel Wolff: How Lincoln Learned to Read
2009 Ann Patchett: Run
2008 J.R. Moehringer: The Tender Bar
2007 Jeanette Walls: The Glass Castle
2006 Senator John McCain: Lives of Moral Leadership by Robert Coles
2005 Senator Barack Obama: Dreams from My Father
2004 Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
"Go set the world aflame."
-Ignatius of Loyola
In the entrance of the Jesuit headquarters in Rome is a striking statue of Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) with the motto "Ite, inflammate omnia." — "Go set the world aflame," his parting words to Francis Xavier who was carrying the Gospel to the East. This is our charge as you begin your experience at Boston College. Take the gift of education and carry it to great places throughout the world.