Watch Opening Convocation Video
Video of the 86th Opening Convocation is now available for viewing. The Aug. 28 service at Duke Chapel was the first worship service of the academic year for students, faculty and staff.
Dean Richard B. Hays preached at the convocation service, which began with an academic procession of the faculty and selected senior administrative staff. The service also included a blessing of new faculty and staff, and a welcoming to the entering class of students.
Robert L. Mason D'13 and Jonathan R. Hilliard D'13, co-presidents of the Divinity Student Council, served as liturgist and lector, respectively. Sally Bates, chaplain of the Divinity School, also served as liturgist. Laceye Warner, executive vice dean, participated in the ritual of blessing.