Convocation Ceremony to welcome new students Aug. 23


President Robert O. Davies is officially installed as president in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium March 19. 

Incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive words of encouragement from Central Michigan University leaders at the New Student Convocation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 in McGuirk Arena. 

Those in the audience will hear from university leadership, a faculty member and a recent graduate during the program. Convocation is the official welcome to a Chippewa's academic career and is a celebration of the beginning of their higher education journey. Many universities host an opening convocation at the beginning of the academic school year as a ceremony to welcome new students. 

CMU Presdient Robert Davies, College of Business Administration faculty member Amy McGinnis and former Student Government Association President Anna Owens will all speak at the ceremony. The ceremony creates a sense of community and acts as a bookend to commencement ceremony, Ceremonies and Events Coordinator Kyle Pybus-Jerome said.

Students who live on campus will meet with their resident assistants and travel to McGuirk Arena as a group. Those who live off campus should arrive by 9:45 a.m. and parking is available in lot 62. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to attend convocation. 

Parents, family and friends of students can watch the ceremony using a livestream link on the university's website.