New Student Convocation

A University of Washington welcome for new students, their friends and families.

New Student Convocation
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
10:30-11:30 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM)
Alaska Airlines Arena

New Student Convocation is one of only two occasions where the University president, the Board of Regents, the deans of the 16 schools and colleges and the faculty gather in a formal academic setting focused on students. The other, of course, is the graduation ceremony, Commencement. These two events are the seminal “bookend” events of a college career.

At New Student Convocation you will:

  • Find out about your classmates from the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
  • Get tips from your student body president on how to make the most of your college experience.
  • Learn about some of the exciting educational opportunities that await you.
  • Join the Husky family!

Upon arriving (doors open at 9:30 a.m.), students and guests (parents and friends) will be directed by faculty marshals to their respective seating sections (see arena seating map).

Tickets are required for entry to the Arena.Tickets may be ordered at this website (beginning in early August).

President’s Picnic
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Rainier Vista

Following the convocation, President Ana Mari Cauce will host the twelfth annual President’s Picnic under a giant tent set up on the Rainier Vista lawn (see map). At the picnic, incoming students and their families and friends will have a great opportunity to chat informally with the president and meet many of the University’s faculty members and key administrators. There will be music, delicious food, a special appearance by the Husky marching band and cheerleaders, and lots of fun. Tickets may be ordered at when you order your convocation tickets.