Among an international delegation, a sense of intimacy at Inauguration
The of President Katherine Bergeron drew guests from around the world, and there were personal connections for many of the delegates.
Among the 104 delegates, who represented 100 learned institutions and societies, were some very good friends of Bergeron, colleagues who had known her at the start of her academic career and worked with her in various capacities since. For people like delegate Jane A. Bernstein, representing the American Musicology Society, Bergeron’s Inauguration was special.
“This is a great moment in all our lives,” said Bernstein, a professor of musicology at Tufts University.
Bernstein was chair of the department at Tufts when Bergeron, a fellow musicologist, first entered a tenured professorial track. Bernstein has known Bergeron for 25 years and has seen much of her friend’s career develop.
She added that Bergeron’s selection was tremendous for the Society. Bergeron is a past winner of the Society’s Otto Kinkeldey Award, given to the author of the most distinguished musicology book written during a given year. “Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoch,” earned Bergeron the award in 2011.
Many members of the Connecticut College faculty were part of the delegation, representing the institutions where they earned their degrees. David Kyuman Kim, associate professor of religious studies, received his doctorate at Harvard University, and wore the crimson robe of his alma mater on Saturday. He noted the significance to the Connecticut College faculty and staff of having delegates from so many institutions.
“It’s an honor to witness an important ceremony in the life of Connecticut College,” said Kim. “It’s a chance to honor our history and lineage, as well as our future.”
Christopher Hammond, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the Connecticut College mathematics department, was selected as a delegate for his undergraduate alma mater, Sewanee: The University of the South. He was also happy to witness the Inauguration of a president who is strongly focused on academics and curriculum.
“Even if I wasn’t here representing Sewanee, I would certainly be here with the faculty, because this is an important day for Connecticut College,” Hammond said.
Camilla Ross, a delegate from Emerson College, also lauded the College’s choice for president.
“The Inauguration of a new president, of a female president, is a beautiful thing,” said Ross. “Her vision and what she hopes to accomplish will be a wonderful addition for the college.”
While the majority of delegates were from the northeastern United States, some came a considerably farther distance to celebrate Bergeron.
James Stiles ’83, who represented the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, traveled the furthest of any of the delegates. Closer to home, nearly all of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) institutions sent representatives, along with most members of the Ivy League.
All the delegates, wearing the colorful regalia of their institutions, took part in the processional leading Bergeron to Palmer Auditorium for the Inauguration.
Albertus Magnus College Allegheny College Amherst College Barnard College Bates College Bentley University Boston College Bowdoin College Brown University* Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University California Institute of Technology Carleton College Clark University Colby College College of the Holy Cross College of William and Mary Columbia University Dickinson College Dominican University of California Eastern Connecticut State University* Elms College Emerson College Fairfield University Florida State University Fordham University George Washington University Franklin & Marshall College Gettysburg College Harvard University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Kalamazoo College Marist College Michigan State University Middlebury College Middlesex Community College Mitchell College Mount Holyoke College National Theater Institute Naval Submarine School New York University Northeastern University Ohio Wesleyan University
Princeton University Providence College Reed College Sacred Heart University Salem Academy and College Skidmore College Sewanee: The University of the South Smith College St. John's University St. Lawrence University St. Olaf College Stonehill College Three Rivers Community College Trinity College Tufts University* Tulane University Union College United States Coast Guard Academy United States Military Academy United States Naval Academy University of Massachusetts University of Bridgeport University of California, Berkeley University of Connecticut University of Hartford University of Michigan University of New Haven University of North Carolina University of Pennsylvania University of Rhode Island* University of Rochester University of St. Joseph University of Witwatersrand Ursinus College Vanderbilt University Vassar College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Washington & Lee University Wellesley College Wesleyan University Wheaton College Williams College Yale University
American Association of Teachers of Japanese American Historical Association American Musicological Society American Philological Association American Philosophical Association American Sociological Association Botanical Society of America Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges Linguistics Society of America Modern Language Association Phi Beta Kappa Society for the Anthropology of Europe Society of Architectural Historians
*indicates institutions represented by two delegates.