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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.


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 first-year 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:

  • Safety and Security
  • Facilities Operations
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Media Resources
  • Food Service
  • President’s Office

A brochure is mailed to seniors’ home detailing the Commencement weekend. Information includes area lodging, restaurants, Commencement housing, all college events, and instructions for those with special needs.

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 first 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 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.