Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 209th Convocation

Story posted September 02, 2010

The College's annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 209th academic year, was held September 1, 2010, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

In his welcoming remarks, President Barry Mills addressed perceptions of the College, its commitment to diversity on all levels, and its place in the heart of the country's democratic traditions.

Following the president's remarks, Professor of Economics B. Zorina Khan gave the Convocation address.

Khan's talk was titled, "Ideas and the Democratic Ideal."

Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster presented "Voices from the Past," readings taken from documents recounting the College's history.

This year, Foster selected excerpts from a series of letters written by Bowdoin students published in 1921 as Life at Bowdoin: A Pen Picture of the Life of Bowdoin Undergraduates.

Music for the processional and recessional was provided by pianist Sarah Y. Liu '13. Liu performed "Promenade" from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor.

Rachel F. Lopkin '13, flute, and Professor of Music Robert K. Greenlee, piano, performed the interlude "Sicilienne" from Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande.

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The procession to Pickard Theater.

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