President Sean Decatur welcomed the Class of 2024 and new transfer students during a virtual Opening Convocation ceremony, August 30, 2020.
To be successful this year, we need to be generous with grace; we need to be able to show kindness to ourselves and to others, to forgive ourselves and others for shortcomings, to empathize with those around us.
Diversity and inclusion are core principles for Kenyon, and we deeply value the perspectives and contributions of our international community. We are committed to doing all we can to allow Kenyon students to continue their studies no matter their country of origin.
After nearly seven years of many of us asserting that Black Lives Matter, America consistently presents the Black community with evidence to the contrary. But undoubtedly, we were all drawn to Kenyon because we have hope, not only for a more just future, but for our ability to shape that future.
In celebrating Honors Day, we acknowledge the role that rituals play in strengthening the fabric of our community, and that what matters most are the values that underpin them.