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Sponsored Programs by Campus Activities

Sponsored Programs

Campus Activities sponsors a variety of programs including, daily tea in the Rose Parlor in Main Building, student leadership recognition, activities related to Reunion, and summer programming.

Fall Convocation

Convocation takes place on the first Wednesday after classes begin in the fall. This is an event intended for the entire college community to convene and celebrate the opening of the academic year.  A member of the faculty is selected by the president who addresses and welcomes the freshmen class and the rest of the Vassar Community.  


The Office of Campus Activities coordinates the Commencement Program between all other departments on campus involved including:

  • Security
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Media Resources
  • Food Service
  • President’s Office

A “Commencement” brochure is mailed to seniors’ home detailing the Commencement weekend.  Information on area lodging, restaurants, Commencement housing, and all college events scheduled for the weekend is included.  Instructions for those with special needs are also included. 

Information from the brochure is posted online by Communications at http://commencement.vassar.edu 

Alex Krieger '95 Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture is given each spring in memory of Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident in the spring of his freshman year.  Alex Krieger was, by all accounts, a remarkable young man. One of his keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element.

In consultation with Alex’s family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists as Krieger Lecturers over the last several years:  Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Fieffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, and most recently Gail Collins.

Founder's Day

Founder's Day is a day-long festival celebrating the birth of our founder Matthew Vassar. It encompasses rides, food, music and more. It is held the Saturday before the last day of classes in the Spring.