Sat, September 7th, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fall Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year. This ceremony celebrates the Senior Class and its many accomplishments, and introduces 4-7 exceptionally interesting Williams graduates who will receive Bicentennial Medals. The Bicentennial Medals recognize alumni for “significant achievement in any field of endeavor.”
The Academic Processional steps off at 10:40 a.m.
Join us for an all-campus picnic on Chapin lawn following the ceremony!
BICENTENNIAL MEDALISTS FALL 2019
Dr. Kiat W. Tan ’65
A globally recognized horticulturalist credited with transforming Singapore’s landscape, restoring the city’s Botanic Gardens and creating the horticultural attraction: Gardens by the Bay. Tan has been honored with a number of awards, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Gold Medal for advancing the science and practice of horticulture.
Dr. Martin A. Samuels ’67
Regarded as a master clinician, educator and diagnostician, Samuels is an internationally known neurologist, the founding chair emeritus of the department of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and distinguished professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, where he won the first Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97
As director of the Inclusive Clean Economy program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Deane- Ryan is working on one of the most challenging problems of our time—developing solutions to the climate crisis that also address inequality— thereby advancing the foundation’s mission to “create a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society.”
Carina Vance Mafla ’99
As the Ecuadorian health minister, Vance led health system reform, facilitating the opening of 52 health centers and 10 hospitals. As executive director for the South American Institute of Government in Health, she strove to elevate the role of governments in South America to improve universal access to healthcare for its citizens.