Watch Convocation Ceremony

Whitman College's annual Convocation ceremony is a calling together of everyone on campus — students, faculty and staff — to mark the beginning of the next academic cycle, and to welcome the incoming class of first-year students into our community.

Convocation will be Monday, August 30 at 4 p.m. All Whitman students, faculty and staff are invited to join the livestreamed celebration kicking off the 2021-22 Academic Year. The ceremony will be livestreamed on this webpage.

Watch parties for first year students will take place in their OWL groups, while faculty, staff and returning students may gather to view livestreams in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom or residence hall lounges as well as watching from their personal computers.

Speakers include  Tejashree Jadhav (Power and Privilege co-chair), Salma Anguiano (ASWC president), and Kurt Hoffman introducing the 2021-22 Academic Theme. The Convocation address, "Breath," will be delivered by Lauren Osborne (associate professor of religion).

Convocation History »

2021 Convocation Program

Processional
Kraig Scott, Professor of Music, Walla Walla University, organist

Welcome and Introductions
Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

One Thousand Five Hundred Whitties
Tejashree Jadhav ’24, Power and Privilege Co-Chair

Change Is Necessary
Salma Anguiano ’22, President of the Associated Students of Whitman College

Musical Interlude: Heimkehr and Zueignung, Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Leisha Casimiro ’22, mezzo-soprano
Jackie Wood, Senior Lecturer of Music, piano
lyrical translations below

2021-2022 Academic Theme: "Climate Reckonings, Climate Justice"
Kurt Hoffman, Professor of Physics

Introduction of Convocation Speaker
Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Convocation Address: “Breath”
Lauren E. Osborne, Associate Professor of Religion, Whitman College

Musical Interlude: Let the Life I’ve Lived Speak for Me, Gwyneth Walker (b. 1947)
Leisha Casimiro ’22, mezzo-soprano
Jackie Wood, Senior Lecturer of Music, piano

Opening of the Academic Year
Kathleen M. Murray, President

Recessional
Kraig Scott, organist

Platform Party
Sharon Alker, Mary A. Denny Professor of English and General Studies and Chair of Division II
Salma Anguiano ’22, President of the Associated Students of Whitman College
Shampa Biswas, Judge and Mrs.Timothy A. Paul Chair of Political Science, Professor of Politics and Chair of Division I
Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Biology
Rebecca Roman Hanrahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Faculty
Kurt Hoffman, Professor of Physics
Tejashree Jadhav ’24, Power and Privilege Co-Chair
John Johnson, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Kazi Joshua, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Helen Kim, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology
Kathleen M. Murray, President
Albert W. Schueller, Mina Schwabacher Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Division III
Lauren E. Osborne, Associate Professor of Religion

American Sign Language Interpreter
Cori Jones

Whitman College Faculty Milestones
Effective with the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Promotion to Professor
Timothy H. Parker, Professor of Biology

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Eunice L. Blavascunas, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Rachel L. George, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Krista H. Gulbransen, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies
Britney L. Moss, Associate Professor of Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Lyman P. Persico, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies
Alvaro Santana-Acuña, Associate Professor of Sociology

Promotion to Senior Rank (non-tenure-track)
Wencui Zhao, Senior Lecturer of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Chinese