11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall

The Campus Community Gathers to Welcome New and Returning Students, Faculty and Staff and to Celebrate the Beginning of the New Academic Semester.

Dr. Barbara K. Mistick
Wilson College President





sm-Cornelius_head_shot.jpgDr. Michael Cornelius
The current Department Chair and Associate Professor of English, Dr. Cornelius received his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He specializes in early British literature, teaching courses that include Chaucer, British Literature 1200-1700, Arthurian literature and film, Shakespeare, The History and Structure of the English Language, and seminars on Robert Burns and gay and lesbian literature. Dr. Cornelius is a recognized expert on Nancy Drew and juvenile detective literature. He has published in numerous journals, including Fifteenth-Century Studies, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, CLUES, White Crane Journal, The Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, EAPSU Journal, Magazine Americana, and SCOTIA: A Journal of Scottish Studies. He is the author/editor of fourteen books, including The Sex Is Out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction (Co-editor, Sherry Ginn, 2012); Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film (2011); The Boy Detectives: Essays on the Hardy Boys and Others (2010);  and three volumes in Harold Bloom’s classical studies series: John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets (2008); Geoffrey Chaucer (2007); and Shakespeare Through the Ages: Much Ado About Nothing (2010).

WCGA President Ghada Tafesh
Here from Gaza Strip, Palestine, WCGA President Ghada Tafesh is a junior majoring in Biology and English. She tutors her peers in both English and Math, participates in Muhibbah, and contributes to The Wilson Billboard. Ghada is also a tour guide, a class officer (Historian), a Nexxt Scholar, and a PLEN Ambassador.



Rev. Rosie Magee
Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain
Rev. Magee, who is from Northern Ireland, has a Master of Divinity degree from the Lancaster Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in voluntary sector organization from the London School of Economics. Previously, she worked as an optometrist and for several international development agencies. The Wilson chaplaincy “combines my passion for spiritual development, education and intentional community,” Magee said.

Elizabeth Thorpe, Director
Patti Plasterer, College Organist


The Convocation ceremony begins with an academic procession of faculty, staff and students in regalia.  It is particularly important that returning Wilson Students, as well as those new to Wilson, be a part of this event in which we celebrate the spirit of community and formally affirm our personal commitment to the Honor Principle.

Procession Details

College Marshal Faculty Marshal
Professor Deb Austin Professor Paula Kellinger

You should assemble for the academic procession at your designated sites (see below) no later than 10:45 a.m.

Students: Please assemble on either side of the road in front of Edgar and Norland Halls--Seniors in front of Edgar, followed by juniors, sophomores and freshmen at Norland.The student procession will be led by the President and Vice President of the Senior Class.Juniors, Sophomores and First Year students should likewise be led by their respective class President & Vice President.In the event of rain, please assemble along the esplanade.  As soon as the faculty and staff have assembled, they will proceed to Thomson. Please fall in line behind them.

Faculty & Staff: Please assemble on the sidewalk in front of the Fitness Center. In case of rain, meet in the lobby of Edgar Hall. The College Marshals will lead the faculty procession.

Seating Information

Seating in Alumnae Chapel will be made available on the left for the faculty and staff and on the right for the students. The College Marshals will be present to organize the procession.

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Honor Principle

Students enrolled at Wilson College live under an Honor Principle and within a system of shared, community-based governance. The Honor Principle states that:

“In order to provide an atmosphere congenial to the pursuit of a liberating education, government at Wilson College rests on the assumption that every member of the community will act with integrity in all aspects of life. We trust each other to be mature and responsible individuals."

"The cooperative effort of learning and living in which we are all involved proceeds most satisfactorily when the members of the community acknowledge their responsibility to strive to realize their common aim. The soundness of the community depends upon the concern for both individual freedom and the rights and welfare of others; both call for the observance of certain regulations in order to promote this common aim."

"In this spirit, however, we have agreed upon the Joint Regulations of the Faculty and Students, the Residence Regulations, and the Academic and Administrative Regulations. We undertake the responsibility for keeping them just and relevant to the needs of the present community.”