New students at New Student Convoation

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. 23.  

What is Convocation?

Pin of ZippyDuring this ceremony, new students and the UA community at large will be welcomed by Interim President John Green and share in the UA commitment toward students’ path to graduation. Students will receive a welcome from alumni and the Undergraduate Student Government President.  

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!

University Welcome Events

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Convocation seating (FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. New Student Convocation (FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field)

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome & President Introduction
  • New Student Welcome & Convocation Tradition
  • Student Body Welcome
  • Closing & Reception Transition
  • Freshman Class Photo

Students and faculty will join together after Convocation on Coleman Commons. Students will have the opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, and staff from their colleges before making their way to their individual college welcome event.

Colleges will provide a formal welcome to all declared students seeking a major within the college. Students will have the opportunity to meet and engage with faculty within the college. Students will also be able to further connect with fellow declared students seeking similar academic programs along with the chance to hear from upperclassmen students on their Akron Experience. Colleges will share information on college resources and involvement opportunities in experiences such as student organizations and college programs/events.

Click here for individual college welcome descriptions and locations.

Choose Ohio First - Simmons 301

Pop into the Penthouse for pop-corn and games! Check in with your Retention Coordinator and meet with upper classmen before fall semester.

Williams Honors College - Jacobson Common Room (Honors Complex)

The WHC welcomes incoming freshman to stop by the Jacobson Common Room in the Honors Complex to meet the Deans, faculty and staff as well as current students. WHC student organizations will be available to answer questions and sign up sheets with be available!

zipsmsoccerMichigan Wolverines vs. Akron Zips - Men's Soccer @ FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field

Come watch the nationally ranked Akron Zips men's soccer team take on Big 10 foe Michigan in this exhibition contest.

Charlotte 49ers vs. Akron Zips - Women's Soccer @ FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field

Come watch the women's soccer team take on Charlotte in this home game on the Zips home turf.


Take a look at some of the events happening before and after New Student Convocation activities. The entire Week of Welcome schedule can be found on the WoW website!

Individual College Welcome Events

Students having a major that is part of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (BCAS) will be warmly welcomed by their department or school faculty. All new BCAS students are expected to attend their department or school welcome event—so RSVP today to let your faculty know you are coming! Faculty have designed events specific to their programs, but all include:

  • Meeting with key faculty and staff in the program
  • Being informed of the many special opportunities for majors
  • Obtaining essential information about how to navigate the department or school and be successful in the major

In addition, BCAS welcome events may include new students meeting with current students to learn from their firsthand experiences, tours of state of the art labs or studios or other facilities, presentations about student organizations related to the major and how to get involved, beverages/snacks/giveaways, and more!

Your future starts at the college that prepares students for in-demand careers! Learn more about what to expect your first semester and beyond from a student panel. Also, you will have an opportunity to network with other students in your field. Meet the Dean, faculty, administrators, and academic advisors to hear more about the college and its programs. Afterwards, we'll have basketball tournaments, a Spinning Wheel to win prizes, a selfie table, giveaways, goodies, and more.

Today, your destination as a business student is the CBA. Visit the College of Business Administration for the opportunity to get to know other freshmen, as well as the faculty and staff in the CBA. Interim Dean Susan Hanlon will kick off the event by welcoming new students into the CBA. Following that, you will be invited to participate in fun activities such as a round of corn hole. You can also grab a snack at the refreshment table, chat with an Academic Advisor, or just relax and listen to music.

Pop in to meet faculty, staff, and academic advisors in the College of Health Professions. Learn about involvement opportunities with student organizations and resources available to you within the college as you begin your Akron Experience. Enjoy some popcorn while you take a tour of the college.

Hang with current engineering students by venturing through the Amazing Race within the College of Engineering! Who will be the first team to finish? From favorite places to grab lunch to where to purchase textbooks, get the inside scoop from students who have walked in your shoes. Learn about our co-op and placement program and meet with students who build robots and launch rockets as members of one of our popular, award-winning design teams and student organizations.

Join your Akron Major Explorers (AME) Leaders and Exploratory Advising for games and prizes on the lawn in front of Simmons Hall. After a brief introduction, you will have the opportunity to meet your AME leader, chat with your Academic advisor, and play games while you connect with your classmates!

Dean Tudor and the staff of the LJFF College of Education eagerly welcome you to the start of your educational career with the college. You will have an opportunity to meet and connect with individuals that will work with you along your educational career. Prepare for interactive sessions including: Interactive SmartPhone/Kahoots game with our Student Services office; discussion panels on ‘what it is like to teach’ with program faculty; discussion on field experiences and opportunities; updates on collaboration with the “I Promise School”; and, concluding the event with an ‘Ice Cream Social with LJFF College of Education Faculty, Administrators, Staff and Students. We are looking forward to meeting all of you!

Additional information or questions?

For additional information or questions, please contact Brandon Mikulski (