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 façade of the Chace Center, a new multipurpose hub that opened
in 2008, offers an interesting contrast to the historic campus
buildings that surround it.