New Student Convocation

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.

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 may take a chartered shuttle or walk to the venue.

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 W23 lot (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. 
  • Guests will not be able to sit with their student during the event.

Event Contact

Serena Wallace


Learn more about the history of the New Student Convocation.

Parents Program - Burdell's Brunch

While your students are getting ready for Convocation, Parents Program will host a special brunch reception for parents and guests.

This event will be held Sunday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Rock, Ramble,
and Roll

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.

If you require special assistance,