New Student Convocation

The official welcome to the incoming class – New Student Convocation – will be held at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field on Friday, Aug. 25.  


What is Convocation?

Zippy pinDuring this ceremony, new students and the UA community at large will be welcomed by President Matthew J. Wilson and share in the UA commitment toward students’ path to graduation. Students will receive a welcome from alumni and Undergraduate Student Government President Taylor Bennington.  

Convocation introduces new Zips (YOU) to our UA community, rich traditions and Akron pride. It also affirms the University’s commitment to support YOUR academic aspirations as you work toward graduation.

At Convocation, you will receive an official Zippy pin (right) as part of your welcome into our UA family!

What is the schedule?

11 – 11:30 a.m. Convocation seating (FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field)
11:30 a.m. – noon New Student Convocation (FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field)

  • Welcome
  • Convocation tradition and symbolism
  • Student body welcome
  • Alma Mater
  • Closing remarks

Noon – 2 p.m. – New Student Welcome Reception (Coleman Commons)
2 – 4 p.m. – Individual College Welcome Events (various campus locations)