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Steve Rock, Professor of Political Science, to deliver Spring Convocation address, “The Accidental Professor," Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 3:30pm in the Chapel


“Allegro” from Sonata in Eb Minor
Horatio Parker (1863-1919)
Gail Archer, college organist

Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus

“Sure on this Shining Night”
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Text by James Agee (1909-1955)
Will Healey ’12, piano 
Christine Howlett, director of choral activities


Catharine Hill, president, Vassar College
Read text of President Hill's remarks

Remarks and Presentation of the 2012 Banner to the President of the Senior Class

Emily Wolper ’97
Pamela Vogel, president, Class of 2012

Remarks and Passing of the Gavel

Tanay Tatum ’12, president, V.S.A.
Read text of Tanay Tatum's remarks
Jason Rubin ’13, president-elect, V.S.A.

Convocation Address

Stephen R. Rock
Professor of Political Science
The Accidental Professor
Read text of Stephen R. Rock's address

The Convocation Choir and Community

Gaudeamus Igitur, Arr. Geer/Bartholomew


“Sometimes I Feel”
From Gospel Preludes, Book IV
William Bolcom (b. 1938)
Gail Archer, college organist

Immediately following convocation, the bell atop Main will be ready for you to ring. Line up on the fifth floor of Main.

About Convocation

Twice a year, in the fall and spring, the college community gathers in the chapel to hear from the president of the college, the president of the Vassar Student Association, and a special speaker who is usually a member of the faculty. The faculty and seniors dress in their academic robes. Fall Convocation is the official opening of the academic year at Vassar.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities, (845) 437–5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, April 25, 2012