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  • Welcome: Robert Hernandez, Ph.D., Treasurer, Executive Director of Student Affairs
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Madison Dong, Student Council President
  • Opening Remarks: José M. Torres, Ph.D., President
  • Opening Remarks: Marie Dillon Dahleh, Ph.D., Principal
  • Featured Musical Selection Cello: Emily Camras, Class of 2013
  • Keynote Address: Yuanxia Ding, Class of 2000, Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Closing Remarks: Marie Dillon Dahleh, Ph.D., Principal


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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MadisonDongFY17Convocation.pdf (54 kB)
Madison Dong Convocation Remarks

JoséMTorresFY17Convocation.pdf (177 kB)
José M. Torres, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

MarieDahlehFY17Convocation.pdf (41 kB)
Marie Dillon Dahleh, Ph.D. Convocation Remarks

YuanxiaDingFY17Convocation.pdf (147 kB)
Xuanxia Ding '00 Keynote Address

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