NOTE ON CONVOCATION

COMMITTEE OF CONVOCATION

Representing graduates of the University of Melbourne

(A recognised Alumni Body of the University of Melbourne)

 

The term convocation stems from the Latin verb convoco – to call together. A literal meaning of convocation is “an assembly of persons called together by summons” (refer OED).

The use of the term convocation has been long established in church and university contexts. In universities the use of the term convocation to describe the body of graduates is not uncommon. Examples in Britain include The University of Oxford and Durham University. In these cases Convocation elects or appoints the Chancellor. In some universities in the United States the term convocation is applied to formal ceremonies for either graduation or matriculation.

In Australia, there are or have been university convocations that include(d) all graduates in several universities other than The University of Melbourne. Examples are The University of Western Australia, Flinders University (erst.), The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland (erst.), Central Queensland University and James Cook University.

Of particular interest is the Convocation of The University of Sydney. The Convocation consists of the graduates, Fellows of the Senate and permanent members of the academic staff of the University. There was a Standing Committee of Convocation until 2006 when the committee was renamed the University of Sydney Alumni Council to more effectively portray its new expanded role as the peak representative body of alumni.

Additional relevant information is available at the website below:

http://www.usyd.edu.au/convocation/