New Student Convocation

Sam Houston State University New Student Convocation Sunday, August 20, 2017 Bernard Coliseum

Please RSVP

Please RSVP for the ceremony soon as seats are filling up fast:

Note:  Students are expected to attend, but we understand there may be extenuating circumstances and your plans may change. Please contact our office to make changes to your reservations, to request special accommodations, or to let us know you cannot attend so waitlisted students may attend in your place and we can arrange for you to receive your Convocation gifts. Email: or (936) 294-3422.

You and your family are invited to join President Hoyt and the university community for a ceremony commemorating the beginning of your academic journey. New Student Convocation serves as the ceremonial start for our new students, just as Commencement serves as the ceremonial finish.


All new students are expected to attend New Student Convocation. All new students must report to the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum to be seated in a special student section at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Attire is business casual. Please bring your Bearkat OneCard.

Dr. Dana Hoyt

Dana G. Hoyt, President

Families and Friends

Families are invited and encouraged to attend New Student Convocation to witness their students’ entry into the Sam Houston State University academic community of engaged scholars. New students will have the honor of sitting together in the same place where they will graduate in a few short years. Seating is available for families and friends in designated sections separate from new student seating but providing a great view of the students and the ceremony. Signs and ushers in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum will provide directions to new students and their families. Attire is casual for family and friends.

The Program

The program communicates to students their roles both as people who learn from others and as people who contribute to the vitality of the University. The Convocation also communicates the role of faculty members as scholars, teachers, and fellow members of this community. A keynote address will be given by President Hoyt and by a selected outstanding undergraduate student. With all new students assembled in one place, the students will gain a sense of the size, strength, and identity of their class and provide an important connection to one another and to the University. Students will receive a special gift. For questions, please call the First-Year Experience office at (936) 294-3422.


The physical location of New Student Convocation is:

Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum
1964 Avenue H
Huntsville, TX 77340

Covered paid parking will be available at the SHSU Parking Garage, which is located behind the Lowman Student Center and/or across the street from the Gaertner Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 

Free Parking is available adjacent to the Coliseum.