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Connecticut College to celebrate 100th Convocation on Aug. 28


 Connecticut College's first Convocation, held on Oct. 9, 1915.

Connecticut College's first Convocation, held on Oct. 9, 1915.

Connecticut College will celebrate the opening of the academic year with the institution’s 100th Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m., on the Jean C. Tempel ’65 Green, following a procession of faculty, class officers and the 503 students comprising the Class of 2018. President Katherine Bergeron, celebrating her first Convocation as Connecticut College’s leader, will begin the ceremony with remarks of welcome and inspiration for the students, faculty and staff.

Dean of Studies and Tempel Professor of Chemistry Marc Zimmer will deliver the keynote address, “Amazing Mice Light Up the Liberal Arts.” Zimmer, who became dean of studies in July, was named Professor of the Year in 2007 by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Convocation is the official calling together of the College community to mark the opening of the academic year. A joyous and proud tradition held on the first day of classes, the ceremony highlights the College’s continuous striving toward excellence and shared responsibility to uphold the honor of the community.

During the ceremony, all members of the community are invited to renew their commitment to live according to the principles embodied by the College’s Honor Code. This commitment is reinforced at Convocation when all students, faculty, administrators and staff recite together the Honor Code’s Matriculation Pledge.

The first Convocation took place on Oct. 9, 1915.

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