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?
During 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.
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.
Butler 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.
Additional information or questions?
For additional information or questions, please contact Brandon Mikulski (firstname.lastname@example.org).