University of Minnesota Driven to Discover
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Dear Colleagues:

Each year, new students are welcomed to the Twin Cities campus through a variety of formal and informal programs. I write to encourage your participation in New Student Convocation.

Occasions like this are much more meaningful for students if there is a strong faculty presence. Your participation in the academic procession and the whole Convocation program can send a powerful message to students as they are introduced to the campus and to University traditions. Your participation can help set the tone for these students' engagement with the University.

This year, Convocation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

Faculty participating in the academic procession should gather in their academic robes at 9:15 a.m. in Mariucci Arena. Details on the assembly location will be sent at a later date.

Names of participating faculty will be listed in a program. Please register now for Convocation. Registration is required by Friday, July 22, 2016, so that the program can be printed and academic apparel ordered for those who need it.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Rodrigue (612-624-1328 or


Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost