Led by the senior faculty marshal and the flags and banners of the College, the incoming class processes down Middle Path between two rows of faculty members and administrators in full academic regalia as the Pealers ring the bells in the steeple of the Church of the Holy Spirit.

During the ceremony, the class is presented to the assembled members of the Kenyon faculty and administration by the dean of admissions. Students and their parents are welcomed by the president, the provost, the dean of student development, and a member of the College's Board of Trustees. In homage to Kenyon's historical ties to the Episcopal Church, the opening and closing ceremonies of the year include both an invocation and benediction. In keeping with the College's desire to be broadly inclusive of all those in the community, the Episcopal chaplain often shares these duties with fellow religious leaders of other faiths who work with the student body.

Opening Convocation 2022

The Class of 2026 and transfer students will be officially welcomed to the Hill on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. The ceremony will be held on Samuel Mather Lawn (inclement weather: Toan Track). Faculty and staff members participating in the academic procession will line up on Middle Path (or 2nd floor of the Lowry Center) at 10 a.m., and the procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony itself lasts approximately an hour, and it will be livestreamed.

Immediately following the ceremony, faculty and staff are welcome to join the students in Peirce Hall for lunch (11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.). Please sign in as you enter the servery.

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