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Convocation Ceremony

Convocation Ceremony

Friday, August 23, 2019 at Noon

Athletic & Wellness Center

Information for Employee Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Please see details and register below by Noon, Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Last year’s ceremony inspired many faculty and employee-alumni to get involved,

resulting in an engaging experience for everyone.

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 33rd Annual Convocation ceremony:


Information: Employee Alumni  Gathering

The Office of Alumni Relations cordially invites all employee alumni to gather at 10:45 a.m. at The College Terrace ahead of the convocation ceremony. Together, we'll head over to the receiving line where you will convene with alumni from your graduation decade to welcome our freshman and transfer students.  Alumni pins and New Paltz pennants will be provided for cheering!

Following the procession, we'll adjourn to the College Terrace to watch a live stream of the Convocation ceremony, while enjoying a BBQ lunch.

Employee Alumni: Please click here to register

Information: Professional and Academic Faculty Marchers and Staff

Professional and Academic Faculty: If you plan to march, line up begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Elting Gym lobby. Please be sure you enter through these doors.  Regalia will be required.

Staff: 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 recommend you wear your New Paltz shirt or an orange and blue combination whether you are participating or attending as a guest.

Register by Noon, Thursday, August 22 to participate (including BBQ tickets):

• Go to:

• Click "faculty/staff"

• "employee resources"

• "register for Fall Convocation"

Questions: or ext. 3972.


The ceremony will be web-streamed live, enabling you to view the program from the comfort of your favorite device. A web link will be sent separately and will also be posted on the Convocation website beginning at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited at the Athletic and Wellness Center. Once new students, faculty and student groups participating in the ceremony have been seated, a marshal can direct you to an open bleacher seat, if available. If we reach seating capacity for the event, there will be standing room only, and we will utilize either the floor space to the far right or left of the bleachers. Aisles must be kept clear.

Welcome BBQ for Professional and Academic Faculty Marchers and Staff

You are all cordially invited to join us for the traditional BBQ that follows the ceremony. For tickets, please call ext. 3972 or and please provide a count for your division. The tickets can be picked up prior to Convocation in HAB 510D or by 11:15 am at the marshal check in table inside the Athletic and Wellness Center lobby. This year's BBQ will be held on Parker Quad. Marching faculty tickets will tickets will be distributed at line up.

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

See you there!

Convocation Speakers

Donald P. Christian 


 Dylan Rose '16 (Mathematics), Digital Research Analyst, AMC Networks

Dylan Rose '16
(Mathematics), Digital Research
Analyst, AMC Networks
(Alumnus Welcome)

Nancy Kassop

Dr. Nancy Kassop
Professor, Department of
Political Science and International Relations
(Faculty Welcome)

 Majessa Pedrozo '19 (Communication Disorders)

 Majessa Pedrozo '19
(Communication Disorders) 
(Student Welcome)