In her role as RISD’s top academic leader, former Provost Somerson hosted the annual Convocation ceremony marking the official start of the academic year. In this capacity, she delivered this keynote address on September 9, 2013, welcoming new students to campus.


Former Provost Somerson’s keynote address welcoming new students to campus is the highlight of the annual Convocation ceremony.
RISD has a long history of offering Saturday and after-school classes for children and teens, as this photo from c. 1910 confirms.