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.

Kenneth Wolf, John Sutton Miner professor of history and professor of classics 

ASPC President Nicholas Kass '16

The 2016 Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Speakers will be announced in summer 2016.  

Past Convocations

2015 Convocation

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

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