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History of the First Convocation – 1955

Admiral Conolly in 1955 - First day of schoolOn Thursday, September 22, 1955 at 10 a.m., the president of Long Island University, retired admiral Richard Lansing Conolly, hoisted a flag at the entrance to the university's new campus in Brookville, N.Y. and later gathered the students in the Great Hall for a convocation ceremony. The occasion was the first day of class at what was then called C.W. Post College. The student body consisted of 121 freshman and transfer students hailing predominately from Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. After the flag raising, there was an hour assembly in the Great Hall (now Winnick House) in which Admiral Conolly addressed the first freshman class.

They were pioneers -- the founding learners of a great institution of education. Today, LIU Post boasts more than 110,000 alumni and each year educates nearly 8,500 students on a 307 acre campus of academic buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, art galleries, theaters, a renowned research library and a grand concert hall, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Much has changed since those early days. But the values and ideals of that fledgling university campus remain: access to the American dream through excellence in higher education. On September 19, 2012, we formally begin the academic year with a Convocation welcoming students and faculty back to this community of learning, with all the optimism of Admiral Conolly and those pioneering students of 1955.

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