During this welcoming ceremony, all incoming students will receive their RAT cap, T-Book, and Georgia Tech pin. Parents and guests may also attend to celebrate their student's entry into Georgia Tech. No tickets are required to attend.
Date, Time, Location, and Live Broadcast
Date and Location
Sunday, August 19, 2018
5-6 p.m. EST
McCamish Pavilion (See below for parking and transportation information)
The ceremony will be broadcast live on our website. A video of the event will post on YouTube the following week.
New Student Convocation - Sophomore Speaker
Our application period has closed.
Rising second year students at Georgia Tech may apply to be a speaker at this annual event. Our application period has closed for Fall 2018. Students interested in applying for next year's event should check back in May 2019 for more information.
Transportation and Parking
First-year students will meet with their Freshman Experience (FE) peer leader in their residence hall and travel as a group.
Transfer students and first-years who are not in the Freshman Experience program walk to the venue or use the Georgia Tech Stingers.
Questions about student transportation? Please contact Institute Communications at 404.894.7613.
Parents and Guests
Guests are encouraged to park in the E81 lot (Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center) or W23lot (State Street). These are paid lots.
Only handicap guests with a current handicap parking tag will be permitted to park in the E65 lot behind McCamish Pavilion.
Students will be seated with their residence hall at the event.
Dress code for this event is casual.
Our pre-show highlights a few of the opportunities at Georgia Tech, from student organizations to learning opportunities.
Students will receive their traditions bag at the event, which includes their rat cap.
After the program, students will be escorted directly to Rock, Ramble, and Roll at the Student Center.
Parents and Guests
Parents and guests will be seated in the upper section of McCamish Pavilion. Unfortunately, guests may not sit with their student during this event.
Dress code for this event is causal.
It can be difficult to find your student after the event. Discuss with them in advance if you want to meet up. We encourage families to meet at the east or west entrance, as the main entrance gets very crowded.
Unable to attend? Watch the event live via our live web stream, from 5-6 p.m. EST. The event video will also be posted to YouTube next week.
Immediately following the ceremony, students will attend a special welcome party sponsored by Auxiliary Services - Rock, Ramble, and Roll - which celebrates their first night as a Georgia Tech college student.
Held in the Student Center, students may take a shuttle or walk over after the Convocation ceremony. This is a free event for new students.
ADA seating is located throughout the venue for guests and students.