Welcome Freshmen, Class of 2025


Sunday, August 22, 2021  1:00 pm   The Freshman Convocation welcomes the incoming class of 2025 to Florida Atlantic University.  From the welcome by FAU's 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, convocation introduces them to  faculty, staff and administrators and 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.

students with cords


Highlights of the Freshman Convocation
The ceremony is led  by the University President, Provost, and distinguished speakers.

All freshmen that attend the ceremony will be given a blue and silver academic cord from Florida Atlantic University. 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 helps introduce students to the the FAU community.


Dr.Laura Vernon speaking at convocation at the podium


Dr. John Kelly, FAU President

Dr. Bret Danilowicz, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

2021 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Danielle Groton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice.

Alivia Orvieto, FAU Student

Samuel Apaez, FAU Student 

Dr. Edward Pratt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies                                                                                                                                         

Information for Students  The Freshman Convocation will be held in the Carole and Bary Kaye  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 not later than 12:45 pm. Door will lock at 1:00 pm. Cords will be handed out at the end of the ceremony. Only those freshmen attending will receive a cord. The cord represents your commitment to academic success at Florida Atlantic University and is worn at graduation. Business casual dress is preferred.

Information for Faculty  The Freshman Convocation is the official beginning of the 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 and your attendance represents your commitment to FAU's newest members of the community of learners.

Processional  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 12:45 pm with the deans in the front of the line.  An event coordinator will direct faculty in the line-up and will lead them in the Processional to the stage.

Location  The Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium is located inside the Student Union on the Boca Raton campus.

Directions  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.

Parking  Convenient parking is located in front of the Studet Union in Lot 16 or in Parking Garage 1 which is north of the Student Union.

Dress   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 contact the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at 561-297-2126



 Last Modified 5/17/21