NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Monique Symes ’11, a Boston Public Schools teacher and a member of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Alumni Association Board of Directors, will deliver this year’s convocation address on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at noon in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public.

At MCLA, Symes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications in 2011, with a concentration in broadcast media and a minor in political science. As an undergraduate, she co-founded NeXXus, the College’s step team; served as a residential advisor; and found time to graduate a semester early.

After earning her Master of Education degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Symes, a Boston native, joined Boston Public Schools, where she is a teacher at Dever-McCormack K-8 School in Dorchester. There, she teaches humanities to inner-city, middle school youth. After school, she teaches students how to step dance.

In addition, Symes is a National Teaching Fellow for Citizen Schools, where she has developed school math and English curriculum, as well as differentiated content and activities for diverse learners, since 2012.

The College honored Symes with its MCLA Young Alumnus Award in 2014. She also received the Dean’s Medallion for her leadership and service to MCLA in 2010-11, and the Lorraine B. Maloney Award for volunteer work in 2008-09.

At the start of each academic year, students gather at Convocation to hear from a member of MCLA’s alumni. This event symbolizes the official beginning of incoming students’ academic career at the College, and their acceptance into a community of learners.

As part of Convocation, new students walk through MCLA’s gates, through which they will walk only twice – at Convocation as they begin their time at the College, and again at Commencement, when they conclude their academic careers.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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