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Convocation Ceremony

Convocation Ceremony

Friday, August 20, 2021 at Noon

Athletic & Wellness Center

Information for Employee Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Please see details and register below by Noon, Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Please Note: Masks are required indoors for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated per the recently updated fall 2021 guidance. 

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 35th Annual Convocation ceremony:


Information: Employee Alumni  Gathering

Join us as we celebrate our incoming students during the 2021 Convocation ceremony! We will line up outside of the Athletic and Wellness Center at 11 a.m. and begin to welcome the students at 11:30 a.m.


Information: Professional and Academic Faculty Marchers and Staff

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

Staff: The ceremony will be web-streamed live. The link will be sent separately or will be accessed 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. New Paltz spirit attire encouraged.  


Traditional BBQ

You are also invited to join us for the traditional BBQ – on the Parker Quad following the ceremony.

Please register below by Noon, Thursday, August 19, 2021. The tickets for staff will be held at the marshal check-in desk inside the Athletic and Wellness Center lobby, but must be picked up by 11:15 a.m., prior to the procession. Tickets may also be picked up in advance by calling ext. 3972 or

Tickets for academic and professional marching faculty will be distributed at the lineup.




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.

Convocation Speakers

Donald P. Christian 



Chris Brown ’85
Director of Alumni Relations

(Alumnus Welcome)

Louis Roper
Distinguished Professor of Hisotry

(Faculty Welcome)


Alyssa Dudinyak ’22
(Painting;Communication Studies)

(Student Welcome)