Wellesley ceremonially opened the 2014-2015 academic year on Tuesday, September 2.
Convocation marks the official start of each academic year—this year, the College's 140th.
It is an important tradition at Wellesley—not only does it celebrate the beginning of the new year, but it provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to gather together and participate in the College's vibrant intellectual community. Convocation is a special time for the Wellesley community, calling for academic dress: Faculty wear robes depicting their fields of study and alma maters, and seniors dress—for the first time—in the robes that they will wear on Commencement Day.
The community was addressed by President H. Kim Bottomly, Provost and Dean of the College Andy Shennan, and student speakers Chief Justice Katherine Tran '15 and College Government President Hana Glasser '15.
The students adjourned Stepsinging afterward.