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11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 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





Chris Mayer
As the Program Manager of the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, Chris promotes the education and practice of sustainability by developing programs and partnerships that empower others to achieve a sustainable world. Chris lectures and presents widely in the community on issues related to the present activities (and history) of the FCSL, which includes the Robyn van En Center and our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program -- the Fulton Farm -- which recently received USDA Certified Organic status. Chris is also an instructor in the College's Environmental Sciences department.


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 Paula Claire Kellinger Professor José Hernán Córdova

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

Students: Please assemble along the esplanade. 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. As soon as the faculty and staff have assembled, they will proceed to Thomson Hall. Please fall in line behind them.

Faculty & Staff: Please meet in the lobby of Edgar Hall. Staff will line up behind faculty.

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.”