New Student Convocation

The New Student Convocation is a ceremony attended by faculty, first-year course instructors, and students to officially welcome and induct new undergraduate students into the UNC Charlotte community of learners. During the convocation ceremony, students will learn about UNC Charlotte’s history, mission, values, and academic expectations. Just as graduation marks the completion of a course of study, Convocation marks the beginning of the new students’ academic journey at UNC Charlotte. The New Student Convocation Ceremony is part of the Day of Convocation, taking place on Monday, August 20, 2018. All new undergraduate students are required to attend the Day of Convocation. This is an opportunity for incoming students to come together for your first official university event. More details will be posted in early August.

  • Get your "Day One" T-shirt at 49er New Year on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Student Activity Center (SAC).
  • If you can't make it to 49er New Year, you may pick up your T-shirt Monday morning at the UCAE office in Colvard 2300.
  • On Monday, wear your shirt, dress casually, and wear comfortable shoes. 
  • Classes scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm will not meet on Monday, August 20. Classes meeting at 5:00 pm or later will be held as scheduled.


9:00 a.m.

Dean Gutierrez - Welcome
James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC)

11:00 a.m.

New Student Convocation Ceremony
SAC – Dale F. Halton Arena

  • Faculty Procession

  • Welcome to Incoming Class. Provost Joan Lorden

  • Recognition of Faculty. Provost Joan Lorden

  • University Vision and Mission. Chancellor Philip Dubois

  • “Explore”. Teross Young, Board of Trustee and Alumnus

  • “Discover”. Professor Scott Fitzgerald, Department of Sociology

  • “Succeed”. Niayai Lavien, Student Government Association Student Body President

  • Alma Mater. UNC Charlotte Chorale Group

  • Alma Mater and Fight Song. “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band

  • Faculty Procession Out

12:00 p.m.

Lunch - Colvard Breezeway

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department Sessions

  • Africana Studies - Cedar 031

  • Anthropology - Barnard 244

  • Biological Sciences - Woodward 106

  • Chemistry - Burson 110

  • Communication Studies - Colvard North 5090

  • Criminal Justice and Criminology - Fretwell 121

  • English - Fretwell 248C

  • Geography and Earth Sciences - McEniry 125

  • Global, International, and Area Studies - Atkins 125

  • History - Fretwell 113

  • Languages and Culture Studies - College of Education 402

  • Mathematics and Statistics - Fretwell 128

  • Philosophy - Cedar 21B

  • Physics - Grigg 132

  • Political Science - Fretwell 440

  • Psychology - Fretwell 100

  • Religious Studies - Macy 110

  • Sociology - Fretwell 480C

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

CLAS Students: View Our Stories. (All new freshmen students)
Rowe 130

Career Center Meet, Greet, and Learn (All new transfer students)

Fretwell 100

General Interest Sessions

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Library Open House

Atkins Library 1st Floor

Set yourself up for success by exploring the spaces, programs, and resources available in the library.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Atkins Technology Spaces

Atkins Library 2nd Floor Technology Support Desk

Learn about our new spaces and services for creativity, media production, and gaming.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Special Collections and University Archives

Atkins Library 10th Floor

See some of the rare items in the collection plus experience the great view of the campus!

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Resource Table/Drop-in Service

Walkway between Atkins and King Buildings

Resource tables for the following academic services and experiential learning opportunities:

  • Atkins Library

  • Multicultural Academic Services (MAS)

  • Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES)

  • Office of International Programs (OIP)

  • University Career Center (UCC)

  • University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE)

  • Drop-in services offered in Atkins and Colvard

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Find Your OASES

Barnard 106

Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES)

5:00 p.m.

Evening Classes Begin