Sunday, August 23, 2020 - The Freshman Convocation welcomes the incoming class of 2024 to Florida Atlantic University. From the colorful processional of faculty, staff, and administrators to the eloquent words of advice from the Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Freshman Convocation promises to be a memorable and exciting start for Florida Atlantic University undergraduate students.
The Freshman Convocation is the official entry into Florida Atlantic University. The Convocation formally welcomes freshmen to the beginning of their academic career and represents Florida Atlantic University's involvement and commitment to its newest members of the community of learners. As freshmen assemble together with faculty, staff, and administrators, they gain a sense of identity that connects them to one another and to the university.
Convocation is a ritual to signal the beginning of a student's college career in the same, significant manner in which the graduation commencement serves as a ritual marking the completion of study.
Highlights of the Freshman Convocation
The ceremony is attended by the University President, Provost, College Deans, and many distinguished faculty and staff members.
All freshmen in attendance will receive a blue and silver academic cord at the end of the ceremony. The cord represents a commitment to achieving academic excellence and success and the beginning of a life-long connection to Florida Atlantic University. Freshmen will wear their cord at their graduation four years from now.
The Freshman Convocation provides early integration activities that help students bond with the FAU community.
Dr. John Kelly, FAU President
Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Edward Pratt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
2020 Distinguished Teacher of the Year and Keynote Speaker
Information for Students
The Freshman Convocation will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton Campus. Students MUST bring their Owl Card or Event Pass from Owl Central to check in. Doors open at 12:15 pm. All freshman students are asked to be seated no later than 12:45 p.m. Doors will lock at 1:00 p.m. Cords will be handed out at the end of the ceremony and only those freshman attending will receive a cord. The cord represents your commitment to academic success at Florida Atlantic University and you can wear your cord at your graduation. Business casual dress is preferred.
Faculty's Role in the Convocation
The Freshman Convocation is the official beginning of first-time-in-college students' entry into Florida Atlantic University. As a faculty member, you are here in large part because of the extraordinary students who are our partners in the exploration for knowledge. You are the heart and soul of the academic enterprise at Florida Atlantic University and your attendance at the Freshman Convocation represents your commitment to FAU's newest members of the community of learners.
College Deans and faculty are invited to meet in the area adjacent to the VIP Room in the lobby of the auditorium for light refreshments before the convocation. Faculty will be asked to line-up for the processional at 12:45pm with the deans in front of the line. An event coordinator will direct faculty in the line-up and will lead them in the Processional to the stage.
The Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium is located inside the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus.
FROM TURNPIKE AND I-95: Exit Glades Rd. heading East. Turn left into FAU’s Main Entrance (NW 10th Ave).
FROM US-1: Turn on Glades Rd., heading west. Turn right into FAU's Main Entrance (NW 10th Ave). The Student Union will be on the right hand side as you enter the University.
Convenient parking is located in front of the Student Union in Lot 16 or in Parking Garage I which is north of the Student Union.
All faculty are asked to wear their regalia. Staff who have earned a Ph.D. are also invited to wear their regalia and join the faculty in the Processional.
The Freshman Convocation is free and open to all freshmen, FAU faculty and staff only.
No registration is required to attend.
For additional information please contact the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at 561-297-2126