Welcome Freshmen, Class of 2020
The Freshman Convocation welcomes the incoming class of 2020 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 beginning of first-time-in-college students' 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.
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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.


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Dr. John Kelly, FAU President
Dr. Gary Perry, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Edward Pratt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
2016 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 inside the Student Union on the Boca Raton Campus. Doors open at 12:15 pm. All freshman students are asked to be seated no later than 12:45 pm. Cords will be handed out at the end of the ceremony. 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.
Information for Faculty
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 Burrow's Grill inside the Student Union for 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 Performing Arts Auditorium is located inside the Student Union building.  The Student Union (UN-31 on the campus map) is located on the east side of West University Drive. The main entrance from Glades Road onto West University Drive is the best route to take. Convenient parking is located in front of the Student Union in Lot 16 or you may park in Parking Garage I (PK-81 on the campus map).  This garage is north of the Student Union. Click here for an interactive map .
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 first-time-in-college students, 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



 Last Modified 10/8/15