Convocation 2020

Convocation and President’s Picnic will be held

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

attend the pinning ceremony

  attend the pinning ceremony

meet your classmates

  meet your classmates

ENJOY lunch at the president's picnic

ENJOY lunch at the president's picnic

Attendance is required at both the Convocation and President's Picnic for all new freshmen.     

         See Convocation Schedule  


Freshman Convocation 

Freshman Convocation is the university's official welcome for its newest members, the Class of 2024. Similar to a graduation ceremony, your Augusta University faculty and staff welcome your class to the Augusta University family. Your class values for 2024 are "Collegiality and Compassion," and a special speaker will provide some thoughts about incorporating these values into your college life. You will also receive some great advice from the Sophomore Speaker, Class of 2023. Finally, a special "pinning ceremony" officially identifies you as a member of the Class of 2024. After the ceremony, you can join your fellow students for the class photo!

President's Picnic: Conversations with Professors and Advisors 

You'll be hungry by mid-day, so our President, Dr. Keel and the Provost, are hosting the annual President’s Picnic! We provide you with a delicious free lunch, while also giving you the opportunity to meet your future professors and advisors in a casual setting. We also have information tables about ways to engage in the academic life of Augusta University. 

Class of 2023 convocation video

One of the Convocation traditions is to take a class photo with President Keel. Here is a snippet of what it looks like filing over 1,000 students into a huge family photo!


Schedule for Convocation Day




Catch the Convocation Bus Departure Times:
9:00 AM – 10: 00 AM

1)       Oak Hall (for Housing Students only)

2)       Summerville Campus: Located at the front circle near the fountain (for Non-Housing Students)


Students MUST use the bus. ONLY Faculty and Staff may park at Christenberry Fieldhouse due to limited parking spaces and Public Safety rules.

Each bus holds only 45 passengers –
so don’t wait, be early!

When you arrive, go to the check-in table near the bus stop (Summerville or Oak Hall) to pick up nametag and ticket for lunch. Meet your classmates while you wait for the bus! 

Convocation Check In

9:15-10:30 AM

Convocation Bus Stop (Oak Hall/Summerville):

When you arrive, go to the check-in table near the bus stop to pick up your name tag and armband for lunch. Meet your classmates while you wait for the bus!

When you get the Fieldhouse, you will get a free class t-shirt at the door. 

Convocation Seating and Entertainment 

10:00-10:45 AM

Christenberry Arena

Convocation Event

11:00AM-12:00 PM

Christenberry Arena

Here you will receive your class pin from Deans of our University, hear from the Sophomore Speaker you selected and meet your President and Provost!

Class of 2024 Photo

12:00-12:20 PM

Grassy area behind Christenberry Fieldhouse

This photo will be on social media later in the day.

President’s Picnic

12:20- 1:20 PM

Christenberry Arena:  Pick up your free lunch/beverage and dine with your professors!

Catch the
Convocation Bus

Departure Times:

1:30 PM – 2:30

Grab a cup of lemonade as you wait for the bus. Return to Summerville Campus. 

Take some time to find your classrooms, purchase books at the bookstore and get ready for classes!

Optional Tours of Augusta University Campus by Orientation Leaders