Connecticut College marked its 106th academic year with a special Fall Convocation on October 1. Professor of Human Development Michelle Dunlap delivered the keynote address, and the event included remarks by President Katherine Bergeron, a community recitation of the College’s Matriculation Pledge, and a special 100th anniversary performance of Conn’s Alma Mater, featuring students, faculty, staff and alumni. Convocation also kicked off Conn's Fall Weekend 2020.
Conn's 106th Convocation took place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1. Watch the taped version to relive the celebration.
The keynote speaker for our 106th Convocation was Michelle Dunlap, professor of Human Development at Connecticut College. Dunlap specializes in racial identity development, issues in the contemporary family, community service and intergroup relations, and has published numerous essays, chapters, journal articles and books related to her research, including her most recent book, Shopping While Black, on discrimination in the consumer marketplace. In 2018, The National Council of Negro Women honored Dunlap with the Eunice McLean Waller Award for her outstanding contributions to the community. Her other many awards include the Woman of the Year Award from the Connecticut African American Affairs Commission, and the Ernest J. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Connecticut College Alma Mater, President Bergeron and her husband Butch Rovan put together a unique performance of the song with a virtual choir of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Convocation typically marks the official opening of the academic year at Conn. This year we will host a special online Fall Convocation. Do you remember your Convocation? In this series of tweets, we'll look back at the last 10 Convocation addresses. https://t.co/uWYZ1GEXHk— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
In 2010, Associate Professor of Philosophy Simon Feldman delivered the Convocation address. In his speech, he discussed the Honor Code and what it means to be true to yourself. pic.twitter.com/ksgAV1lBN2— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
At the College's Centennial Convocation, attorney and advocate Tiana Davis Hercules '04 spoke these powerful words and encouraged students to make change. pic.twitter.com/wq3UuVzCVK— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
In his 2012 Convocation address, Debo Adegbile ’91 discussed the importance of the Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas. pic.twitter.com/vYxrQfZEad— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
Professor of Art Denise Pelletier's 2013 Convocation address called students to question how history shaped their reality. pic.twitter.com/HLdbIAPP0A— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
In the College's 100th Convocation address, Professor of Chemistry Marc Zimmer discussed the value of the College's liberal arts curriculum in today's world. ???????? pic.twitter.com/0Fo6btVJVy— Connecticut College (@ConnCollege) September 30, 2020
Professor Michelle Dunlap served as the keynote speaker for the reimagined Convocation ceremony, which also kicked off a virtual Fall Weekend celebration.
To celebrate the Class of 2024, students gathered on Tempel Green to sign the Honor Code Matriculation Pledge on Saturday, Sept. 26/