Vassar’s Fall Convocation To Feature Address by Professor Peipei Qiu, September 10, 2014

The words and music of fall convocation will once again celebrate the opening of the academic year on Wednesday, September 10 at 3:30pm in the Chapel. The program will include opening remarks by President Catharine Hill, music by the Vassar College Choir, and the convocation speech “Life’s Twists and Turns” by Professor Peipei Qiu.

Fall convocation includes a variety of older and newer traditions. Seniors attend in cap and gown. Immediately after the ceremony the freshmen class poses in front of Main Building for a group photo. Also afterward, seniors and freshmen are serenaded in front of Main with four traditional songs from a boisterous employee chorus.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3:30pm in the Chapel


(All standing)
Crown Imperial
by William Walton (1902-1983)

Gail Archer, college organist

Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus

i thank You God for this most amazing day
Music by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970);
Text by e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

Christine Howlett, director of choral activites


Catharine Hill, Vassar College

Read text


Carolina Gustafson ’15
Connor J. Martini, president, V.S.A.
Read remarks

Convocation Address

Peipei Qiu
Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair
Read address

“Life’s Twists and Turns”

The Convocation Choir and Community

(All standing)

Gaudeamus Igitur, Arr. Geer/Bartholomew


(Remain standing until academic procession has exited)
Allegretto from the Sonata in Eb Minor Op. 65
by Horatio Parker (1863-1919)

Gail Archer, college organist

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 1, 2014