Convocation Officially Kicks Off the 2021-22 Academic Year

Convocation 2021 Video Image

Convocation 2021 Video Image

Students encouraged to get out of their comfort zones and change the world

video by Joe O'Neill

The newest members of the Dickinson community made it official by signing into the college during Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 29. The ceremony included words of welcome from Vice President for Enrollment Management & Dean of Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87 and interim President John E. Jones III '77, P'11.

“Dickinson and the experiences that you're about to have here will never leave you, so savor these times,” Jones said. “Challenge yourselves, get out of your comfort zones, take advantage of our world-class faculty, develop new and meaningful relationships, and, above all, take advantage of all that a truly spectacular liberal-arts curriculum has to offer. Hard as it is to believe today, the next four years will pass like the snap of your fingers. I am counting on you—all of you—to go out and change the world for the better, and I am very confident that you will.”

Honors and Awards

In addition to celebrating new students, Convocation serves as an opportunity to recognize other members of the community for their efforts and service. A few of the awards presented include:

The newest members of Phi Beta Kappa also were recognized.

A Hallowed Tradition

The Convocation ceremony marks the end of Orientation, during which first-year students attend First-Year Seminar classes, explore campus and community resources, engage in discussions surrounding ethics and inclusivity, and get to know one another.

The process of walking up Old West's stone steps to join the Dickinson community marks one half of a hallowed tradition at the college. The doors of Old West are only opened twice per year, once when the first-year class joins the college during Convocation, and then again when the graduating class walks down the stone steps to become alumni. This year members of the class of 2024 who were not able to do sign in last year due to COVID-19 also participated in the sign-in ceremony.


Published August 27, 2021