A Message from the Dean
On Tuesday, September 4th, Wellesley College celebrated Convocation. It is an event that draws us together as a community to thoughtfully and critically reflect on who we are and want to become as students, staff, and faculty. More than an annual tradition to open the year, Convocation provides an opportunity to remember our most deeply held values as we imagine the possibilities of the new year.
Comparing Wellesley to the hidden home of the Amazons, Themiscyra, President Johnson called us back to the moral mission of our college that extends beyond the pursuit of knowledge to the cultivation of wisdom and a life well lived. Wellesley College offers students a place to nurture their whole selves – body, mind, and spirit – as they grow into the fullness of themselves and their power. Like a training ground for mythic women warriors, Wellesley offers students a community in which they might face fierce challenges while being surrounded by equally fierce support.
Life is so much more than the success we measure. Its value lies in the relationships we cultivate, the bridges we build, the compassion and care we give and receive. In the end, it is how we treat one another and ourselves that determine if we flourish or if we fail.
Friends, let us choose to flourish.
I leave you with a blessing for the new year.
A Blessing for the Year
In our common quest for academic and inclusive excellence, we recommit ourselves to lives marked by honesty, integrity and respect.
This year may we give ourselves fully to the task of intellectual inquiry, pursuing knowledge and truth as essential building blocks for a better, more just society.
May we cultivate a community that seeks out difference, not for debate, but for delight…that in our diversity we might discover new truths about each other and ourselves.
May we hear one another to speech, with a deep listening born of curiosity and good will.
And may we cultivate compassion for ourselves equal to that which we lavish on others, one that admires our imperfections as marks of beauty, not blemish.
Above all else, may we seek to do more than simply survive…may we seek to thrive, to flourish and grow in unexpected ways not only as individuals, but as a beloved community.
Now more than ever the world needs communities of resistance and resilience that will forge a new way. May we be that community for ourselves, for each other, and for the world.