Aug. 31, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces that Jamal Ahamad ’11, a teacher of math and English at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, will deliver this year’s Convocation address on Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 12 to 1 p.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.

This event is free and open to the public.

At MCLA, Ahamad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/communications with a focus on creative writing and a minor in arts management.

In addition to his teaching position at Taconic High School, Ahamad is the founder of his own multimedia business, Ahamad Multimedia, a business he launched in April 2016. In addition to filming and editing various video projects for digital distribution, he provides social media consultation for dance and the arts, weddings, business and leadership profiles, and more.

Ahamad also serves as a guest faculty member at the Olga Dunn Dance Company and School of Dance in Great Barrington. In addition, he has served as choreographer and multimedia designer for dysFUNKcrew, a community dance group in the Berkshires since 2013.

In 2017, Ahamad was a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from MCLA, the Young Alumnus Award. This award is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their graduation from MCLA, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements, and served as an outstanding role model for current and future MCLA students.

Previous his current position at Taconic High School, Ahamad taught English language arts at the BART Charter Public School in Adams, where he also was a hip-hop instructor and student support monitor. In 2014, he returned to MCLA as the College’s alumni relations coordinator, and in 2015 re-enrolled as a student to pursue a Master of Education; a degree he expects to complete in 2020.

Not long after his 2011 graduation, Ahamad began work as a substitute teacher for special education at Taconic High School. He next served as the 21st century/Massachusetts grad site coordinator at Taconic High School. A former MCLA Dance Company member, he previously taught dance at the Berkshire Dance Theatre in Adams.

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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