On September 15, the School convened its 131st Convocation. The ceremonial start of a new school year was held virtually and shared with the community as a pre-recorded video. Students are learning from home until a later return to campus this fall. The ceremony included a welcome from Head of School, Alex Curtis on campus in front of last fall's Convocation venue, Ann and George Colony Hall. Student Council President, Ula Lucas '21, delivered a speech from her home. Her address to students recognized the School community's distance from one another, but that Choate has never existed in one place because students already span from all over the globe at home and through programs intended for students to experience the world outside of campus. Ula continues, "Choate is a community of fantastic, intelligent, diverse, thoughtful, empathetic, caring, inquisitive individuals who come together to share their lives and learning in a way that knows no geographical bounds".
The ceremony included something new this year too; a student welcome from peers. Several current students offered words of inspiring advice, helpful support, and a friendly welcome to the community. A unified message in the remarks was that the School community will remain strong together as everyone begins a new year. The cheerful messages were followed by the school song with lyrics to sing along remotely.
Welcome to a new school year at Choate Rosemary Hall!