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Convocation Exercises

Watch 2014 Convocation Videos

President David Oxtoby

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

ASPC President Rachel Jackson '15

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.

2014 Convocation

The 2014 Opening Convocation was held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in Bridges Hall of Music. Speakers and musical performers included:

  • President David Oxtoby - YouTube | text [pdf]
  • Sidney J. Lemelle, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn professor of history and Africana studies - YouTube | text [pdf]
  • ASPC President Rachel Jackson '15 - YouTube | text [pdf]
  • 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. PDFs of speeches will be added as we receive them.

Past Convocations

2014 - Special Convocation for Princess Sirindhorn




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


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




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


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


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