Joyner Gives Convocation Address

Photo of Bicentennial Medalist Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner, Class of 1985, reading convocation program.

Bicentennial Medalist Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner ’85; photo by Roman Iwasiwka

In her Convocation address to the Class of 2019, Cheryl C. (Robinson) Joyner ’85 emphasized the importance of mentoring. She challenged each senior to make a connection with a younger student and maintain it after graduation. “While you may not be able to imagine it now,” she told those gathered in Chapin Hall for the Sept. 15 ceremony, “in future chapters of your life you will find it to be a key part of your legacy, which hopefully is to elevate, empower and inspire others.”

As chairman of PARA Music Group, Joyner, a longtime mentor of Williams students, has created some of the music industry’s most successful global marketing campaigns. She received a Bicentennial Medal during Convocation, as did journalist John Walcott ’71, Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn ’93 and Turquoise Mountain CEO Shoshana Clark Stewart ’02. For coverage of Convocation and the medals ceremony, visit