colorful convocation procession of Yanvalou drummers and faculty members in academic regalia

Wellesley will celebrate the 2019-2020 academic year on September 3.

Convocation marks the official start of each academic year—this year, the College’s 145th.

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.

Festivities will begin with a reception in the Academic Quad at 4:15 p.m. All underclass students are invited and, if possible, should wear their class colors. Line-up for the procession starts at 4:35 p.m., and we will begin our procession to Hay Outdoor Theater promptly at 4:45 p.m. with the start of the ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Stepsinging will follow.