Clark will keynote convocation

Published 12:50 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017

Prince Edward County Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Clark has been selected to be the keynote speaker for Longwood University’s convocation, which is set to take place Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in Willett Hall.

W. Taylor Reveley IV

According to a press release, convocation marks the ceremonial opening of the academic year.

“Every September we gather to celebrate and honor our seniors and also the outstanding work of our faculty — the teaching and research that are the soul of our mission,” said Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV in a message to Longwood students.

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Reveley said Clark was a “highly-distinguished citizen leader in (Longwood’s) home community of whom we are exceptionally proud.”

Clark graduated from Longwood in 2005.

She said she was asked by Reveley to consider the role as keynote speaker when she emailed him about something unrelated to the matter.

Clark said being a Longwood graduate, it was a major honor to be asked to be the convocation speaker.

Megan Clark

“I never thought this was something I would be able to do,” Clark said. “It is also somewhat emotional for me.”

She said she grew up around Longwood’s campus, noting the Clark House was named after her family because they lived there.

“This convocation is my mother’s last. After 31 years of being a professor, she is retiring,” Clark said. “It seems as though things have come full circle — I will welcome the seniors at their official opening of their last year, and this is the official opening of my mother’s last year.”

Clark said in college she was the president of Mortar Board and a member of the Lambda Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was also a part of BASIC Gospel Choir for a brief time, and a member of two honor societies.