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See highlights from past Convocation ceremonies at Brown University.

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020 President Christina H. Paxson officially proclaimed the opening of Brown's 257th academic year and welcomed students to campus. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Andre C. Willis delivered the keynote address, "The New Normal."
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President Christina Paxson and Dean of the College Rashid Zia encouraged students to harness the power of the Open Curriculum to become change agents in their communities.
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President Christina Paxson and Provost Richard Locke implored Brown's 2,693 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students to embrace the University's values and leverage opportunities to create positive social change.
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University President Christina Paxson and Professor of Anthropology Daniel Jordan Smith urged students to listen carefully, seek new perspectives and reject an “us vs. them” mentality to advance and repair the world.
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University President Christina Paxson welcomed Brown students and keynote speaker Andrew G. Campbell urged students to examine their own assumptions, call upon their imaginations and take creative and intellectual risks.
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Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, delivered the 252nd Opening Convocation address to the campus community.
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President Christina Paxson officially opened the University’s 251st academic year, and Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin delivered the keynote address at Opening Convocation Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2014, on the College Green.
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Omer Bartov, professor of history, delivered the 250th Opening Convocation address “Education, Power, and Conformism” at 4 p.m. on a rainy Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, on the College Green.
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