Convocation 2017

Fall Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year. This ceremony celebrates the Senior Class and its many accomplishments, and introduces the year's Bicentennial Medalists. The Convocation Address, "Finding Our Common Humanity and Building a Better World," will be delivered by Wendy Young '83. 

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor.

In fall 2017, we will be honoring the following alumni:

Ira Mickenberg ’72

The founder and director of the National Defender Training Project has dedicated his career to improving the quality of legal representation given to indigent criminal defendants in the U.S.

Dr. Richard Besser ’81

A pediatrician and former leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he has traveled the globe covering major medical news stories for ABC News and was recently named CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wendy Young ’83

As president of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), the law and immigration policy expert leads a team that works to assist and defend unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the U.S.

Adam Schlesinger ’89

Considered one of the nimblest artists in the music industry, he is co-founder of the band Fountains Of Wayne, and also writes and produces songs for television, film, and theater. He has won Emmy and Grammy Awards, and received Oscar and Tony nominations.

Mary Dana Hinton ’92

As president of the College of Saint Benedict, she has a passion for educational equity that is reflected in her commitment to ensuring underrepresented students have access to a liberal arts education.

Please join us for an all-campus picnic on Chapin Lawn following the ceremony!


Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00am

Chapin Hall

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Alumni Relations, College Marshal


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