New Student Convocation


August 18, 2024 in Johnson Coliseum

We have officially moved to two ceremonies! Please choose your ceremony time based on your college.

1:00 pm: College of Business Administration, College of Health Science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Arts and Media
3:30 pm: College of Criminal Justice, College of Education, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and College of Science and Engineering Technology

New students, families, and guests are invited to join President Alisa White and the university community for a ceremony commemorating the beginning of new students’ academic journey. New Student Convocation serves as the ceremonial start for our new students, just as Commencement serves as the ceremonial finish. New Student Convocation also serves as Day 1 of Bearkat Kickoff!

As we embark on a new semester, and for you, the start of your years-to-come as a college student, we are excited to celebrate your achievement in this new phase of your life.

Here are some important steps to remember about this year’s New Student Convocation.


At New Student Convocation you will:

  1. Participate in a traditional pinning ceremony.
  2. Enjoy a smartphone lightshow.
  3. Be officially inducted to your college by your college Dean.
  4. And much more!

Getting there:

Meet your Bearkat Kickoff Leader at your new residence hall (students living on-campus) or in the Commuter Kats Lounge on the first floor of the Newton Gresham Library (commuter students) to walk over to the coliseum. If you would prefer to walk over with your family or take one of two shuttle buses that will be available for transport (one way to coliseum only), those options are available as well. Parking is also available at the new coliseum garage on a first come, first served basis.

Coliseum Entry Requirements:

Please see the coliseum entry requirements for prohibited items and bag policy for entry into the coliseum.

Students are expected to attend and will confirm attendance to the 2024 New Student Convocation at New Student Orientation.

If you have not already chosen which orientation session you will be attending, please see the orientation dates at the link below and register for orientation through the link sent to you through email.

New Student Orientation Dates

Thank you for being a part of this special event in your honor and remember to invite your family and friends. See you at New Student Convocation!

Have questions? Please contact us! 

First-Year Experience
CHSS Ste. 190
Huntsville, Texas