Convocation

Convocation

 

2019-2020 Schedule

The Faith and Life Convocation Series brings the college community together on a regular basis for outstanding presentations and programs.

All events take place at 10:50 AM in Branscomb Auditorium unless noted. Your attendance is required.

 

Convocation
Wednesday, february 13th @ 10:50 AM, Branscomb Auditorium

 

sarah thomas – first female nfl official

Kalin Abernathy

Sarah Thomas changed the game in the world’s most quintessential male-dominated sport—football—when she became the first female NFL official. Now she’s inspiring others to dream big and believe anything is possible.

Officiating her first game September 13, 2015 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, Sarah’s hat, whistle, and flag are now on display at the NFL Hall of Fame and serve as a testament to this historic achievement. Sarah also made post-season history by being named Down Judge for the Patriots/Chargers 2019 playoff game. No stranger to being the first or breaking gender-barriers, she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, to officiate a bowl game and to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.

Since her addition to the NFL's roster of officials, she has become a trail-blazing inspiration to women everywhere, embodying the notion that with a belief in self, inner drive, hard work, preparation, and a mindset of being the best you can be, no barrier or ceiling is impenetrable.

With the same unflappability that it takes to make a split-second call on the field, Sarah exudes equal confidence on stage as she shares key insights on overcoming adversity – and the odds – finding your passion while maintaining work-life balance, decision-making, and not only succeeding as a female in a male-dominated industry but achieving breakthrough success for males and females alike.
 

 

This event is required of all students not on the Passport Program track and will serve as a “wild card” for Passport participants, meaning you can use your attendance at the convocation to meet any of the five event categories.


Make up Dates/Times/Locations

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TBA, Rogers 225