The mission of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy®, the world's leading teaching and learning laboratory for imagination and inquiry, is to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition, through a system distinguished by profound questions, collaborative relationships, personalized experiential learning, global networking, generative use of technology and pioneering outreach.

Convocation is an IMSA tradition that holds even greater significance as we enter our 30th year serving the students and educators of Illinois. It marks the beginning of the school year and serves to welcome students and staff to our community of scholars that strives to realize IMSA's mission through education, research and social entrepreneurial activities. This ceremony is both an announcement and affirmation of this identity and mission.

The ceremony also provides the members of the Academy the opportunity to establish and renew relationships with one another and officially welcome the Class of 2019 to the IMSA family.

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Transcripts from 2017

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“Living the IMSA Values: Respecting our Cultural Differences” : Remarks to All School Assembly, José M. Torres

Transcripts from 2016

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2016 Convocation: Opening Remarks, José M. Torres

Transcripts from 2015

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2015 Convocation: Opening Remarks, José M. Torres