On Friday December 4th Communication seniors, their loved ones, and Communication faculty gathered for the Fall 2015 Senior Colloquium. The Communication Colloquium has been a Southeastern tradition since 2004, and is the last step on the senior’s road to graduation. It marks the end of the Communication 498 class, and the seniors present their thesis that they’ve been working on all semester.
All of the theses presentations are divided into panels. These panels cover a wide range of topics covering everything from the effects of rap music on society, to the impact of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematography on the science fiction genre of film.
“My thesis is on women in sports media,” said Communication senior Damaris Clark. “I did my 391 paper on it and I’ve been interested in it for a while, at least a year. I wanted to go into more detail about what women go through in sports journalism.”
Since this colloquium is a Communication major’s final step, it is the moment that some of them really realized that they’ve passed. It is a way for them to show off what they’ve learned and have a moment to shine.
“When I got my thesis back and I go the email that I had passed the class, that’s when I really knew that I was graduating,” said Clark. “This colloquium is just icing on the cake. It’s a way for me to show off what I’ve done.”
The colloquium is also a chance for Communication students that are just starting out to see what they will be doing in just a few short years. Jeremy Rhodes, treasurer of the National Broadcast Society at Southeastern, said that not only is the colloquium a good chance to recruit, but it’s also a good way for students to really see what they are working toward.
“I feel like even though the colloquium may be mandatory for some classes,” said Rhodes “it’s a good opportunity to see where you’ll be at the end of the road and where you want to aim with your goals.”
The colloquium is more than just for the seniors themselves. It is an opportunity for the professors to interact with them as well, and for the students to know what it’s like to be critiqued in a professional environment.
“I think it’s important for students to see that faculty continue to do this sort of things and for them to work with them,” said Dr. Carol Hopson, a Communication professor and respondent for the colloquium. “It’s a great time all around”
The colloquium is also a way to enrich the Communication program at Southeastern as a whole. The students and professors get to show the loved ones in attendance what they do on a daily basis.
“It is a capstone for them,” said Hopson.” Much more so than just graduating. They actually have a presentation that they do, their parents and friends get to see them, and they get to be honored. I think it adds to graduation and it adds to the program.”