procession led by drumming members of Yanvalou

Wellesley celebrated the 2021-2022 academic year on September 8.

Convocation marks the official start of each academic year—this year, the College’s 147th.

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. This occasion marked our first time to gather together in-person after the last year and a half. 

The community was addressed by President Paula Johnson, Provost and Lia Gelin Poorvu ’56 Dean of the College Andy Shennan, and student speakers College Government President Giselle Mota ’22 and Chief Justice Julianna Kenny-Serrano ’22.