Fall Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year. This ceremony celebrates the Senior Class and its many accomplishments, and introduces 4-7 exceptionally interesting Williams graduates who will receive Bicentennial Medals. Convocation takes place in Chapin Hall.

Cheryl Joyner ’85, the ceremony’s principal speaker who will deliver the Convocation Address, is chairman of PARA Music Group and has created some of the entertainment industry’s most successful global marketing campaigns for some of the biggest artists in music, including Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. The ceremony will include a musical selection performed by Angela A. Chan ’19, and an address from President Maud S. Mandel.

Full details about the ceremony can be found in the news release.

Convocation Schedule, Saturday, September 15, 2018

  • 10:15 a.m. Academic Procession lines up
  • 10:40 a.m. Academic Procession begins
  • 11:00 a.m. Program begins in Chapin Hall


The program lasts about an hour. An all-campus picnic follows on Chapin Lawn.

Seniors and masters candidates and current and emeritus faculty march in caps and gowns. Please follow the links for specific instructions.

Contact Carrie Greene or College Marshal Jay Thoman with questions.