The Southeastern Louisiana University Languages and Communication Department held it’s semesterly Comm 498 Senior Colloquium on Friday, Dec. 4. It was an opportunity for all of the Communication students and faculty to come together to hear the graduating Comm 498 students speak on and defend their theses that were written and also to celebrate their accomplishments as Communication majors.
Senior Damaris Clark spoke about preparing for the colloquium, “I have practiced so many times and I am nervous, but very excited to show my peers and everyone else what I have been working on for 15 weeks. I am so proud of my class and of myself,” said Clark.
The word “colloquium” comes from that Latin word colloquy meaning “to speak together”. The event was composed of six different panels that arrayed of various topics such as Sports and Communication and Working and Playing Well With Others: How Communication Shape our Relationships. The students gave a ten minute long presentation explaining and defending their thesis. After the presentations, the students were asked a series of questions about their thesis and was also offered feedback.
After the panels were completed, the family of the graduating class, faculty and other Communication majors gathered to congratulate the graduating class and also watch as family members or faculty “pin” them with the Communication pin they will wear at the graduation ceremony.
Senior Jasmine Beard has this to say about her colloquium experience, “I loved colloquium and it was a dream come true. It was something we worked for all semester and something we knew we would have to do for years now and it honestly was incredible,” said Beard.
Another tradition associated with the colloquium is the “Top Paper” award. This award is given to the student who scored the highest grade on their thesis and this year the grading points were close. Hailey Lange ultimately came on top, winning the award with her paper titled “Headline: “Thugs Terrorize Baltimore after Gray’s Death!”.
It has been rumored that the next graduating class has over 40 students who are ready to take the challenge of writing and presenting their theses. How will they stack up? The Communication department will have to wait and see until May 2016.
Here is senior Maya Holland giving the introductory points to her presentation.