257th Opening Convocation


The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson
Chaplain of the University

Proclamation | Opening of the 257th Academic Year

Christina H. Paxson
President of Brown University

Keynote Address

"The New Normal"
Andre C. Willis
Associate Professor of Religious 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 to 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.