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Welcoming the new Class of Ramblers to the Loyola University Chicago Community

What is Convocation?

The New Student Convocation is an annual tradition when all new students are officially inducted into their graduating class, and their academic careers officially begin at Loyola University Chicago. Students are welcomed to the university community by the President, Provost, Vice President of Student Affairs, faculty and staff. The New Student Convocation is a celebration of university life and the traditions of Loyola University Chicago. All new students attend this important event as part of Welcome Week celebrations.

Convocation consists of three parts:

  • Convocation Walk: a processional around campus;
  • Convocation Address: our new students' first academic lecture about the First-Year Text
  • Book Discussions: small group conversations led by faculty members.

Convocation is an introduction to the interplay between the mind and heart at Loyola. Convocation speakers contribute to the common good of society, and work in the service of others. They are selected to speak at Convocation based on their ability to offer new students an example of what it means to live an extraordinary life in the Loyola tradition.

2018 Convocation

Date: Friday August 24, 2018

Pictures from last year's convocation: