The 511th Convocation of the University of Chicago commences on June 9, 2012, in the Main Quadrangles. The University of Chicago Pipe Band leads distinguished faculty and graduating students in a processional, followed by opening remarks from President Zimmer. Provost Rosenbaum goes on to introduce Professor Stephen Raudenbush, who delivers the Convocation Address entitled "The Life of the Mind and Social Action."
Recipients of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, the William Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the Rosenberger Medal receive recognition from President Zimmer and their faculty colleagues. In the second half of the ceremony, President Zimmer bestows honorary degrees upon distinguished scholars and confers degrees upon candidates in the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools. The program also includes performances by the University of Chicago Motet Choir and the Millar Brass Ensemble.