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Convocation Ceremony

Convocation Ceremony

Join the Celebration!

To open the academic year, you are invited to be part of a student-focused, interactive Convocation experience. Please join us to celebrate and welcome new students to campus at our 31st  annual Convocation ceremony.


  • Friday, August 25, 2017 at Noon
  • Athletic & Wellness Center
  • Welcome-barbecue to immediately follow adjacent to Athletic & Wellness Center


Last year’s ceremony inspired many faculty and employee-alumni to get involved, resulting in an engaging experience for everyone.

Employee Alumni and Professional/Academic Marching Faculty: Please register below by Wednesday, August 23 (Extended Date)


I. If you are an employee who is an alumnus/a, you are encouraged to participate in the alumni receiving line.

You will represent your decade of graduation and play an active role welcoming and cheering our new students as they process through the Athletic and Wellness Center lobby.  Please attend at least one rehearsal at the Athletic and Wellness Center to be introduced to the new ceremony, and select the rehearsal date/time that fits your schedule.  If you cannot attend either rehearsal, there is still an option to sign up and participate. You are also invited to an alumni gathering hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, beginning at 10:15 am at The College Terrace.


II. If you are an employee who is not an alumnus/a:

Since we anticipate student seating may reach full capacity, guest seating arrangements have been altered to accommodate our increased numbers. The ceremony will be web-streamed live. The link will be sent separately or you can access on the Convocation website. There will be standing room only inside the gym, and we will utilize either the floor space to the far right or left of the bleachers. Once all students are seated, a marshal will direct you to an open seat, if available.

We would still like to extend an invitation to join us for the traditional BBQ that follows the ceremony. Should you desire tickets, please call ext. 3972 or sandickl@newpaltz.edu with a count for your division. The tickets will be held at the marshal check-in desk inside the Athletic and Wellness Center lobby and should be picked up by 11:15 am in advance of the procession. Tickets can also be picked up in advance in HAB 505.


III. What Do I Wear?

Alumni or guests:  It is recommended that you wear your New Paltz shirt or an orange and blue combination whether you are participating or attending as a guest.  Please also wear your New Paltz alumni pin.

Faculty marchers: If you are planning to march, registration and regalia is required. Refreshments will be served at line up.


IV. How do I register and get further information?

                         • Go to: my.newpaltz.edu

                         • Click "faculty/staff"

                         • "employee resources"

                         • "register for Fall Convocation"

Questions: sandickl@newpaltz.edu or call ext. 3972.


Come support our incoming students by attending this exciting event – you don’t want to miss it! 
See you there!

Convocation Speakers

Cyrus Mulready
(Faculty welcome)

Reem Ahmed '17

Reem Ahmed '17
(Student welcome)