Convocation Kicks Off 125th-Anniversary Celebration With a Call to Educate Women Worldwide—and a Party

Posted September 2nd, 2010 at 4:35 pm.

Bryn Mawr’s Fall Convocation 2010 marked the official start of the College’s 125th anniversary with colorful ceremony and a stirring speech from President Jane McAuliffe, who asserted that Bryn Mawr  is ideally positioned to serve as  “a voice for the education and empowerment of women worldwide.” The president then invited the community to  a picnic celebrating the College’s global connections and its birthday.

In welcoming this year’s student body, McAuliffe admitted to being tempted to break out into a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday, Bryn Mawr” and talked about the many events planned to mark the College’s 125th anniversary.

McAuliffe continued in a more serious vein,  discussing the future of Bryn Mawr College and the role it can play in addressing what she called “the paramount moral challenge of this century”—the violence and lack of opportunity that face women around the globe.

Festivities followed, as a community picnic offered a variety of  cuisines,  music and dancing from around the world.

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