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New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is a celebration of university life and the academic traditions of Loyola. Convocation is an annual tradition where all new students (first-year and transfer) officially begin their academic careers as Ramblers. Students are welcomed to the university community by the President, Provost, faculty, staff, student leaders, and a special guest. This year's event will include a facilitated discussion between Lucas Williamson, BA '21 (narrator/co-writer) and Patrick Creadon (director) of The Loyola Project. All new students attend this important event as part of Welcome Week.

New Student Convocation traditionally consists of three parts:

  • Walk and Welcome Tunnel: a processional of new students from East Quad to Gentile Arena 
  • New Student Convocation: new students hear from the President and other special guest and are welcomed by the faculty 
  • Small Group Discussions: informal conversations led by faculty, staff, and student leaders about the transition to academic and student life at Loyola

2021 New Student Convocation

Friday, August 27, at 3:00PM CT in the Gentile Arena

New students will gather on the East Quad between 1:30-2:00PM and find their group (assigned by UNIV 101/201 section) and group leader(s). After a brief welcome at 2:00PM, students will process through the green doors of Cudahy Library and the Welcome Tunnel to New Student Convocation in the Gentile Area. Immediately following New Student Convocation, students will pick-up a copy of the Rambler Read on the West Quad and head to their small group discussion locations. These informal conversations will be facilitated by faculty, staff, and student leaders, and focus on the event and the transition to academic and student life at Loyola. Student leaders will guide each group the whole way. 

Students do not need to register for the event. More information will be shared via email in August, and students will be given instructions at their Residence Hall Floors Meetings or CommuterCon that morning, and walked to East Quad. 

Faculty - please register here to participate in the faculty procession and/or to facilitate a small group discussion 

Staff - please register here to participate in the cheer tunnel and/or facilitate a small group discussion 

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Pictures from New Student Convocation 2019:

Convocation Walk