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.
The men in this 1903 portrait class were serious about the business at hand.