258th Opening Convocation

Monday, September 6, 2021

Opening Convocation

Monday, September 6, 2021 | 4 p.m. ET | The College Green

At Brown’s 258th Opening Convocation, President Christina H. Paxson officially proclaimed the opening of the academic year and welcomed new students to campus. Chair and Professor of Africana Studies Noliwe Rooks gave the keynote address. 



The Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band
The Brown Band

National Anthem

Performed by The Higher Keys


The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson
Chaplain of the University

Opening of the 258th Academic Year

Christina H. Paxson
President of the University

Keynote Address

“Finding Joy in the Journey: Memory Laws and The Battle to Remember"
Noliwe Rooks
Chair and Professor of Africana Studies

The Alma Mater

Performed by The Higher Keys

Alma Mater! We hail thee with loyal devotion 
And bring to thine altar our off’ring of praise; 

Our hearts swell within us with joyful emotion
As the name of Old Brown in loud chorus we raise.

The happiest moments of youth’s fleeting hours 
We’ve passed ’neath the shade of these time-honored walls; 

And sorrows as transient as April’s brief showers 
Have clouded our life in Brunonia’s halls.


The Brown Band


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