New Student Convocation

Institute Events and Protocol

Sunday, August 17, 2014
5-6 p.m.
McCamish Pavilion


Just as Commencement is a ceremony that marks the completion of study, New Student Convocation celebrates a student's entry into higher education. Initiated in 1994 and open to all incoming undergraduate (freshman and transfers) students, their parents, and family members, New Student Convocation serves as the Institute's official welcome to the campus community. In addition, New Student Convocation will inspire our students to work to reach their highest potential while at Tech, acquaint new students with Georgia Tech's mission and traditions, and build camaraderie amongst the newest class of students. Students and guests are asked to dress appropriately in smart casual attire; sneakers and workout attire are not recommended.

Who is Invited

All incoming students are invited. Parents and guests may also attend to celebrate their student's entry into Georgia Tech. A special reception for parents and guests will be held immediately before the Convocation ceremony.

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. Please contact Institute Communications at 404.894.7613 with questions regarding student transportation.

Guests attending New Student Convocation are encouraged to park in the E81 lot (Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center) and utilize the complimentary trolleys provided to travel to McCamish Pavilion. Limited parking will be available in lot ER66 (Graduate and Family Housing). Guests will not be permitted to park in the E65 lot behind McCamish Pavilion. A map of the visitor lots can be found here.

Accessibility Resources

Visit our site to learn about the various resources available to those needing assistance at New Student Convocation.

Parents Reception

While your students are getting ready for Convocation, a special reception for parents and guests will be held prior to Convocation from 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. Additional details are available on the Parents Program website.

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.


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