On Sunday night we had a wonderful Convocation Ceremony to launch the start of the academic year. One of my favorite Dublin Traditions takes place when the full faculty forms a gauntlet outside of the Dublin Community Church to applaud our students as they enter the Convocation. Academics and the intellectual life of our students constitute the core of the education we provide and it is important for us to celebrate the courage our students demonstrate by attending Dublin, signing up for challenging classes, and engaging in the meaningful process of learning.