Convocation Celebrates Senior Class, Distinguished Alumni

Convocation Photos by Roman Iwasiwka

Photos by Roman Iwasiwka

The college marked the start of the academic year and the accomplishments of the senior class and alumni at convocation on Sept. 20. During the ceremony, six alumni received Bicentennial Medals for distinguished achievement in fields relevant to The Book Unbound, a yearlong initiative celebrating Sawyer Library. The medalists were (clockwise from top left) Kenard Gibbs ’86, CEO of Soul Train Holdings and co-founder of MadVision Entertainment; Ethan Zuckerman ’93, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, who gave the convocation address; Steven Rothstein ’78, former president of the Perkins School for the Blind (pictured here with Williams President Adam Falk); David Spadafora ’72, president and librarian of the Newberry Library in Chicago; Kristen Anderson-Lopez ’94, Oscar-winning songwriter for the Disney movie Frozen; and Mary Cotton ’01, pseudonymous author of 11 best-selling novels for young adults and owner of Newtonville Books in Newton, Mass. Read more about convocation.