Fall Convocation is the ceremonial opening of the academic year. It celebrates the Senior Class and its many accomplishments and introduces an exceptionally accomplished Williams graduate who will receive a Bicentennial Medal.
Chaplains Valerie Bailey Fisher and Seth Wax will open and close the ceremony. There will be welcoming remarks by President Maud Mandel and the Senior Class Marshals, as well as musical performances by Megalan Tso '22 and Elliot Kim '23. Dean Marlene Sandstrom will present the Grosvenor Cup Award as well as the seniors elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the end of their junior year. A Bicentennial Medal will be awarded to Val DiFebo '84, who will deliver the Convocation address. We will end with a singing of The Mountains.
Convocation Schedule, Saturday, September 11, 2021
- 10:15 a.m. Academic Procession lines up
- 10:40 a.m. Academic Procession begins
- 11:00 a.m. Program begins in Chapin Hall
Convocation takes place in Chapin Hall. The program lasts about an hour. An all-campus picnic follows on Chapin Lawn. Due to changing conditions with COVID-19 in Berkshire County, this year’s Convocation ceremony will be closed to the public. It will, however, be recorded and posted on Williams YouTube after the event.