1998-1999 indexDistributed August 21, 1998
Opening Convocation September 8
Pulitzer Prize playwright to address 1,433 members of Class of 2002
Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and professor of English at Brown University, will be the featured speaker at Opening Convocation Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, on The College Green. The ceremony will recognize faculty who have received honors during the past year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and professor of English, will be the featured speaker at the 235th Opening Convocation of Brown University Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, on The College Green. Her address is titled "Dis-Orientation for the Class of '02." The event is free and open to the public.
Vogel won the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive in April. During the ceremony, she and other faculty members will be recognized for awards and honors received in the past year.
The convocation begins at 11 a.m. with a procession of faculty, administrators and undergraduates through the Van Wickle Gates at College and Prospect streets. The gates are opened twice a year: inward in the fall to admit first-year students and outward in May to mark the departure of graduating seniors.
After the procession has reached The College Green, President E. Gordon Gee will declare the academic year officially open and welcome 1,433 members of the Class of 2002. This will be Gee's first Opening Convocation as Brown's 17th president. Gee, who was sworn in last January, delivered the Opening Convocation address last fall as president-elect.
In case of rain, Opening Convocation will be held in Meehan Auditorium, Hope Street at Lloyd Avenue.