Convocation Marks Start of the Academic Year

September 4, 2012

Gray skies greet the first day of classes at Wellesley, but do not dim the enthusiasm and fresh outlook of people all across campus. Study groups form, new classmates and professors meet, fresh notebooks and computer files are opened, ideas start flying, and great conversations begin!

And today, 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. 

Due to heavy weather on September 4, 2012, this year’s 4:30 p.m. Convocation has moved indoors, to Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall auditorium.

We love the start of a new school year. Need to plan further into the semester? The academic calendar from the Registrar’s office will keep you up to date.