commencement-july-updates

A message from President Krista L. Newkirk: We are all looking forward to the Fourth of July this weekend, and celebrating with family and friends. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a statement yesterday recommending residents make safe, responsible plans for celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, which include festivities…
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Converse student athlete honor roll

Conference Carolinas released its Presidential Honor Roll presented by Southern Recognition LLC. Each semester, this Presidential Honor recognizes student-athletes who achieve a grade-point-average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Spring 2020, Converse College was represented by a total of 156 student-athletes. The Women's Soccer Team led the way for the Valkyries' 13...
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Diversity, Community and Inclusion at Converse

Last week, President Newkirk called on the Converse family to step up efforts to address racial injustice in the Converse community. She shared some of the initiatives that have been put into place and the next steps to make Converse a campus that truly Acts Justly. Over the past week, a number of positive steps...
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“See clearly, decide wisely, ACT JUSTLY.” The most recent events of racism and injustice have been very hard to witness, but they are harder for our black students who have witnessed or experienced similar events first hand. With the memorial service of George Floyd yesterday, I once again thought of the seeming indifference of the…
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Converse co-ed Fall 2020

In order to provide the safest environment possible for its community and to minimize the risk of health hazards that can result from travel, Converse College is adjusting the fall 2020 academic calendar. The changes were made with the goal of ensuring Converse students receive the full academic and student experience with as little disruption...
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Taylor Woolard Converse

Converse College has selected Taylor Woolard as the head coach for the Valkyries women’s lacrosse team. Woolard comes to Converse from Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), where she most recently served as the assistant coach. “We are very fortunate to have found someone with Taylor’s knowledge of and passion for women’s lacrosse. She is committed to…
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Below is the letter sent to the Converse community from President Krista L. Newkirk on June 2, 2020. That each of us “may be enabled to see clearly, decide wisely, and to act justly.” We often quote the Founder’s Ideal at Converse, but this week it feels especially crucial. As the President of Converse, I…
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Converse graduation

Converse has experienced many ‘firsts’ and milestones in just the first five months of 2020. In March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Converse shifted to teaching all classes online, and most employees began working remotely. Sadly, the pandemic also meant postponing or canceling many Converse traditions including Reunion, Founder's Day, and Commencement. However, Converse was...
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Converse soccer Rob Miller

Converse College has selected Rob Miller as the head coach for the Valkyries’ inaugural men’s soccer team. Miller comes to Converse from Truett McConnell University, where he currently serves as the head coach and has coached for the last five years. “Rob Miller brings a wealth of experience and a level of passion for men’s…
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Photo of the Converse tower

Converse College has received a gift for $2 million to support Converse’s future educational mission. The gift, from an anonymous alumna and her husband, is to express their deep appreciation to Converse for the alumna’s educational experience. “Through the generosity of donors, we further the reach of Converse’s distinctive educational experience and programming,” said Krista…
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