At Brown’s 257th Opening Convocation, held virtually, keynote speaker Andre C. Willis urged students to learn from the past and embrace change to help define the “new normal.”

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020 President Christina H. Paxson and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Andre C. Willis officially proclaimed the opening of Brown's 257th academic year.

Watch the full 2020 Convocation program

With remarks from President Christina H. Paxson and the keynote address “The New Normal” by Professor Andre C. Willis.

View the full text of President Paxson’s remarks as well as the keynote address by Professor Andre C. Willis.