Winter Convocation will be held Friday, Jan. 19, in All Saints' Chapel.


The University will begin a “new tradition” at the Opening Convocation of the Easter semester this year. In addition to inducting the newest members of the Order of the Gown, the teaching and scholarship of the faculty will also be recognized and honored with a convocation address delivered by a member of the University faculty.

This year, Professor of Classical Languages Stephanie McCarter, Sewanee’s 2023 Faculty Excellence in Scholarship recipient and an award-winning scholar and translator, will speak at the convocation.

A professor in the College since 2008, McCarter’s teaching and research interests include Latin poetry, translation theory and practice, gender and sexuality in classical antiquity, feminist reception of the classics, and Greek and Roman philosophy and ethics. Her multiple published books include a recent translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, for which she became the first woman to translate the work into English verse and subsequently won the 2023 Harold Morton Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.

The University will no longer bestow honorary degrees at the Winter Convocation, focusing the ceremony instead on the faculty member’s remarks and the celebration of the new inductees into the Order of the Gown. Honorary degrees will, however, continue to be conferred at two other times in the year—at the opening of the school year during the Advent Convocation in September, and at the conclusion of the academic year at the University Baccalaureate and the School of Theology Commencement.

Watch the livestream here at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19