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."
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.
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.
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.
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.