Pomona College 2014 Convocation: President David Oxtoby

President David Oxtoby

Each September, Convocation traditionally opens the academic year for first-year students and marks the conclusion of their Orientation Week. The ceremony includes speeches by President David Oxtoby and the current president of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC). A professor provides the keynote address, and music faculty provide special music accompaniment. YouTube links and PDFs of past speeches are below when available.

Pomona College 2014 Convocation: Professor Sidney Lemelle

Sidney Lemelle, the Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of History and Africana Studies.

Pomona College 2014 Convocation: Rachel Jackson '15

ASPC President Rachel Jackson '15

2015 Convocation

The 2015 Opening Convocation will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, in Bridges Hall of Music. Speakers and musical performers include:

  • William J. Peterson, Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher professor of music and college organist
  • President David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College
  • Nicholas Kass '16, ASPC president
  • Kenneth Baxter Wolf, John Sutton Miner professor of history and professor of classics

Past Convocations

2014 Convocation

  • President David Oxtoby - YouTube | text
  • Sidney J. Lemelle, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn professor of history and Africana studies - YouTube | text
  • ASPC President Rachel Jackson '15 - YouTube | text
  • Professor Tom Flaherty, cello, and Cynthia Fogg, viola - "Meditation" by Tom Flaherty
  • Professor William J. Peterson, college organist
  • Photos may be found on our Flickr site.

2014 - Special Convocation for Princess Sirindhorn

  • Special Convocation: Princess Sirindhorn - text
  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • Bernard Chan ’88 - text
  • Professor of Politics John Seery - text
  • Witisada Wattananimitgul ’16 - text

2013

2012

2011

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • William A. Johnson Professor of Government and Professor of Politics Elizabeth Crighton - text
  • ASPC President Nathaniel Brown ’12 - text 

2010

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • William Polk Russell Professor of Mathematics Shahriar Shahriari - text
  • ASPC President Stephanie Almeida '11 – text 

2009

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • Vice President and Dean of the College Cecilia Conrad - text
  • ASPC President Jed Cullen '10 - text 

2008

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • Professor of Music Thomas Flaherty - text
  • ASPC President Eliza Finley ’09 - text 

2007

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • Stephen M. Pauley M.D. ’62 Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geology Rick Hazlett - text
  • ASPC President Elspeth Hilton ’08 - text 

2006

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • E. Wilson Lyon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy Stephen Erickson - text
  • ASPC President Sarah Kuriakose '07 - text 

2005

  • President David Oxtoby - text
  • W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science and Psychology Deborah Burke - text

2004

  • President David Oxtoby - text 

2003

  • President David Oxtoby - text­