At Brown’s 256th Opening Convocation, Rashid Zia encouraged students to harness the power of the Open Curriculum to become change agents in their communities.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 President Christina Paxson and Dean of the College Rashid Zia ’01 officially proclaimed the opening of Brown’s 256th academic year and welcomed 2,755 incoming students to campus. 

Watch the full 2019 Convocation program

With remarks on “The Power of Knowledge to Make the World Better” from President Christina H. Paxson and the keynote by Dean of the College Rashid Zia

View the full text of President Paxson’s remarks.

2019 Convocation Keynote Address

“…And With the Material We Approach Together” 
by Rashid Zia '01
Dean of the College
Professor of Engineering and Physics

Read the full text of the keynote address.