Convocation Ceremony

Join the Celebration! 2015 Convocation Ceremony 


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 29th annual Convocation ceremony.


  • Friday, August 21 at 12 p.m.
  • Athletic & Wellness Center
  • Welcome-barbeque to immediately follow adjacent to Athletic & Wellness Center


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

Marching Faculty & Employee Alumni: Please register by Friday, August 14 (just extended).


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. 


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

Please join us for the event and march or attend as a guest.


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 SUNY New Paltz name tag and/or New Paltz pin.

Faculty marchers: If you are planning to march, registration and regalia is required.


IV. How do I register and get further information?

                         • Go to:

                         • Click "faculty/staff"

                         • "employee resources"

                         • "register for Fall Convocation"

Questions: 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

President Donald P. Christian

Professor Sue Books
(faculty welcome)

Download speech

Chris Peterson '08
(alumni welcome)

Download speech

Christina Waterman '15
(student welcome)

Download speech


New Convocation, New Class, New Paltz! First-year students get a true Hawk welcome!!! #npsocial #nporientation

Posted by SUNY New Paltz on Friday, August 22, 2014