Convocation marks start of academic year
Tempel Green - 4:30 p.m.
Convocation will begin with a procession of faculty, class officers and all first-year students.
Sunil Bhatia, Associate Professor of Human Development, will deliver the keynote address, “Finding Magical Doors: Notes on Borders, Race and Belonging.”
Following the ceremony, the campus community is invited to the Convocation picnic on Chapel Green.
In case of rain, Convocation will be held in Palmer Auditorium and the Convocation picnic will be held in Harris.
Convocation, literally a "calling together" of the College community, celebrates the formal opening of the academic year, welcomes new students to the College and recognizes the new senior class. The ceremony highlights some of the College's most important values: academic excellence, the Honor Code and the importance of community.
Convocation reinforces new students' commitment to the Honor Code and provides an opportunity for other members of the College community to renew their pledge to live according to the principles embodied by the Code. All students are asked to repeat this pledge, which governs all behavior and interactions at the College.
The ceremony also includes the formal presentation of the entering class's banner. Each year, the Alumni Association bestows on the incoming class a banner bearing the students' expected graduation year. Each class banner is created in one of four color schemes: green and gray, blue and buff, purple and gold, and red and white. The colors follow in sequence so all four are always represented in the current student body. The banners are displayed at formal occasions during the students' four years and then later at reunion celebrations. The presentation of the banner symbolizes the shared community of alumni present and future.