Monday, September 11, 2023

Carleton’s Opening Convocation is the first campus-wide event of a new academic year. It is a time of joy as we reassemble to engage in discovery and exploration. An important tradition, the Opening Convocation ceremony is intended both to affirm continuity with the past and to embrace new beginnings.

Shortened Class Schedule

Classes will begin on Monday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. with a special schedule of slightly shortened classes for the day to accommodate Opening Convocation at 3:00 p.m.

Academic Procession

Opening Convocation will be preceded by our traditional Academic Procession, in which all faculty are encouraged to participate and academic dress is customarily worn. Administrative staff are welcome to join the procession.  The Academic Procession will assemble at 2:45 p.m. in front of Laird Hall.

Order of Academic Procession:

College Marshal Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology
College President Alison R. Byerly and Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, Michael and Denise Kellen ’68 Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College
Provost Michelle Mattson and Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston
College Chaplain Schuyler Vogel ’07
Emeriti Faculty
Professors & Administrators

Opening Convocation Ceremony

The Opening Convocation ceremony program in Skinner Memorial Chapel on Monday, September 11 will begin at 3:00 p.m. The Opening Convocation Ceremony will be available for viewing via Zoom for those unable to attend. Please register in advance for the online event; after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Opening Convocation. The entire ceremony will be recorded and archived on the Convocations website.

Garden Party at Nutting House

In celebration of the beginning of the academic year and to welcome new faculty and staff members to Carleton College, faculty, staff and retirees with their guests are invited to the Nutting House lawn for a reception following the Opening Convocation. (In case of rain, the event will be held in the Weitz Center for Creativity.)