Wellesley celebrated the opening of its 139th academic year Tuesday, September 3, 2013, in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall.
Convocation day dawned brightly, but with threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon the venue was moved from Hay Outdoor Theater to inside Alumnae Hall, with an awning erected that morning to protect the procession of faculty and seniors.
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 Chief Justice Lillian Elsner '14 and College Government President Joy Shri Das '14; and students belted out Wellesley favorites during Stepsinging afterward.