Wednesday, August 21, 2019

5:00p.m - Edmunds Center

Convocation signifies the formal opening of the 2019-2020 academic year. All students, faculty and staff are asked to participate.

Faculty (in academic regalia) should gather in the Hollis Center Lounge at 4:30 p.m. in preparation for the processional. In the event of rain, faculty are to proceed directly to the Edmunds Center, southeast side of the lobby. Deadline to order rental regalia through the Stetson Bookstore is August 8, 2019.

Staff members should plan to arrive at the Edmunds Center at 4:30 p.m. Ushers will be available to direct you to designated seating on the floor, directly behind faculty.

Students will be seated by their graduating class. 

Convocation will count as a Cultural Credit. Students will scan their ID’s as they leave the Edmunds Center following the ceremony.

Following Convocation, students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for a Community Dinner in the Carlton Union Building, Lynn Commons. Students with meal plans will swipe their ID for entry. Faculty, staff and students without a meal plan will be complimentary.

Convocation will also be live-streamed on the Stetson Broadcast Productions channel on

Keynote Speaker

Robin M. Diedrichs '92, MEd '00

Fourth Grade Teacher

Volusia County Schools Teacher of the Year 2017

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Robin Diedrichs, 2017 Volusia County Teacher of the Year, is a passionate educator whose mission is to help all students reach high achievement.

As a fourth-grade teacher, Robin has been recognized as one of Florida’s High Impact teachers for the past three years, and she is the recipient of a Crystal Apple Educator Award for community involvement.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree, she received a master’s degree in elementary education and learning disabilities from Stetson, where she also serves as an adjunct professor.

During her 22-year teaching career, Robin has taught grades two, four and five, along with “reading recovery” and several college-level courses. Also, she has presented and facilitated literacy professional learning at the district, state and national levels. At the district level, for example, she has designed standards and aligned instructional modules, and she currently serves on the Florida Department of Education’s committee for revising the state learning standards. In addition, she has published educational articles and blog posts targeting literacy instruction at both the state and national levels.

Robin believes in the power of literacy beyond the bell and is the creator of the DaVinci Club, an afterschool literacy club that promotes reading, the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The club is supported by Stetson’s Hollis Institute for Educational Reform.

Robin is a mother of three sons, Zachary, Elijah and Maximus. She enjoys reading (of course), hiking, running and nature photography. You’re also likely to see her and her mom walking their yellow lab and black doodle — or running around Stetson’s campus — on a daily basis!