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. 24.  

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 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!

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.

The Penthouse

Location: Simmons Hall 301

Choose Ohio First / Collegiate Success

Pop into the Penthouse for popcorn and games! Check in with your Retention Coordinator and meet with upperclassmen students before fall semester begins. The first 100 students will get a free shirt!

WHC House Party

Location: Jacobson Common Room

William’s Honors College

The Williams Honors College invites Honors students to meet the Honors College staff, sign up for Honors student organizations, and pick up your WHC planner!

Move Your Feet to a Funky Beat: Join us for the OMD Meet and Greet

Location: Simmons Hall Auditorium

Office of Multicultural Development

Join the Office of Multicultural Development for an interactive informational session on academic success. Students will have the opportunity to reconnect with the staff of the Office of Multicultural Development and meet student leaders. Do not miss out on the chance to join us for a good time as we will have will have music, dancing, food and fun.

zipsmsoccerButler Bulldogs vs. Akron Zips - Men's Soccer @ FirstEnergy Stadium - Cub Cadet Field

Come watch the nationally ranked men's soccer team take on Butler to kick off their 2018 season for the first regular season home game. 


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

Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

College of Business Administration

College of Health Professions

LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education

College of Engineering

College of Applied Science & Technology

Exploratory Advising and Academic Support

Additional information or questions?

For additional information or questions, please contact Brandon Mikulski (