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Catharine Hill, President Emerita, Convocation Speaker

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Allegro con brio from Sonata IV
by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Gail Archer, college organist

Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus

Everyone Sang
Music by James Fitzwilliam (b. 1963- )
Poem by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

Christine Howlett, choral director

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields;
on - on - and out of sight.

Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless;
the singing will never be done.


Jonathan Chenette, interim president, Vassar College

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Calvin Lamothe ’17, president, V.S.A.

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Convocation Address

“Athena, Economics, and Feathers”
Catharine (Cappy) Hill
President Emerita

Read Catharine (Cappy) Hill's Convocation Address

The Convocation Choir and Community

Gaudeamus Igitur, Arr. Geer/Bartholomew

Christine Howlett, director of choral activities


by Libby Larsen (b. 1950- )

Gail Archer, college organist