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Wellesley celebrated the opening of the 138th academic year Tuesday, September 4, 2012, in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall.
Convocation marks the official start of the academic year. 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 Misbah Aslam '13, chief justice, and Marjorie Cantine '13, president of College Government. Katie Siegel '14 sang America the Beautiful and Victor Kazanjian, dean of Religious Life and Intercultural and Interreligious Education, gave the invocation and benediction. Stepsinging followed, made more lovely by the acoustics of Alumnae Hall Ballroom.