Vassar College

Spring Convocation

Convocation Address:

Ronald A. Sharp
Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English

"Sitting on a Bench"

April 30, 2008
The Chapel


(All standing)
Sonata in G Major: Allegro maestoso
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Gail Archer, college organist

The Convocation Choir
“i thank You God for most this amazing day”
Eric Whitacre
Text by e.e. cummings
Christine Howlett, director of choral activities

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

Remarks and Presentation of the 2008 Banner to the President of the Senior Class

Matthew Kavanagh ’01
Colin Sanders, president, Class of 2008

Sam Charner ’08, president, V.S.A.
Read text of Sam Charner's remarks

Convocation Address
Ronald A. Sharp, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English
Sitting on a Bench
Read text of Dean Sharp's address

The Convocation Choir and Community
Gaudeamus Igitur, Arr. Geer/Bartholomew

Praeludium in G Minor  
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
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.

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

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