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Chancellor’s Convocation

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
1:30 pm – 3pm, Kohl Center
(Doors open at 12:45pm)

The Chancellor’s Convocation is UW–Madison’s formal welcome ceremony for all new students. Come and experience the pride and spirit of UW–Madison with your entire incoming class. This event is required for all freshmen and transfer students.

Do not bring backpacks, food, or beverages into the Kohl Center. Small purses (no bigger than 8.5 x 11 in.) and empty water bottles will be allowed in for this event.

Click here for the full carry-in policy.

Convocation Day Schedule

9:00 –11:30 a.m. –Academic Programming and Orientation: see schedule below for session times and locations.

 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. – Lunch with School/College, provided by the Chancellor’s  Office

1:30–3:00 p.m. – Chancellor’s Convocation at the Kohl Center

3:00 — 5:00 p.m. – New Student Ice Cream Welcome and Lawn Games, sponsored by The Wisconsin Alumni Association & Memorial Union

5:00 — 8:00 p.m. – Badger Welcome Barbeque with University Housing, Gordon Dining Center and Four Lakes Dining Market:  $5/housing resident, $7.15/ non-housing resident

School/College Orientation Sessions

School/College Name Timing Orientation Location
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 9:00-11:00 Allen Centennial Gardens
School of Business – Direct Admit 9:30-11:30 Grainger Hall
School of Business – Pre-Business 9:00-11:45 2nd Floor, Gordon Dining and Event Center
School of Education 9:30-11:30 School of Education
College of Engineering 9:30-11:30 Pedestrian Mall outside Engineering Hall
School of Human Ecology 9:30-11:30 Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology
College of Letters & Science Sessions at 9:30 (Off-Campus & Lakeshore) and 10:30 am (Southeast) Shannon Hall, Memorial Union
School of Nursing 10:00-11:30 Signe Skott Cooper Hall, School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy 10:00-11:30 Rennebohm Hall, School of Pharmacy
Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) 9:00-11:30, four sessions by Residence Hall Varsity Hall, Union South
Letters & Science Honors 9:30-11:00 Lawn, Washburn Observatory

Chancellor’s Luncheon Locations

Chancellor’s Luncheon Timing Location
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 11:30-12:30 DeJope Residence Hall, Four Lakes Market
School of Business – Direct Admit 12:00-12:45 Gordon Dining and Event Center, 1st Floor
School of Business – Pre-Business 11:45-12:30 Gordon Dining and Event Center, 2nd Floor
School of Education 11:30-12:30 Courtyard, School of Education
College of Engineering 11:30-12:30 Pedestrian Mall outside Engineering Hall
School of Human Ecology 11:30-12:30 Nancy Nicholas Hall, School of Human Ecology Building
College of Letters & Science (incl. Honors & Cross-College Adv.) 11:30-12:30 Library Mall (entire space around the fountain)
School of Nursing 11:30-12:30 Courtyard outside Signe Skott Cooper Hall, School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy 11:30-12:30 Courtyard outside Rennebohm Hall, School of Pharmacy

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Where is my School/College orientation?

Reference the table to the left for  a list of times and locations, or check your email (wisc.edu account) to confirm the details of your academic orientation.

What happens at Convocation?

At Convocation, you’ll hear remarks from Chancellor Blank and other members of university leadership, a student speaker, a professor, and several others.

You will see all your fellow classmates together for the first time until commencement at Camp Randall.

At the end of the ceremony, you’ll receive a copy of the year’s Go Big Read book too!

Can family members attend Convocation activities?

Convocation and the surrounding activities are intended to create community for new students. Keeping that in mind, we request that family members refrain from attending these events. Please visit the Parent and Family Program Facebook page to watch the event live!

How can I find disability accommodations?

Sign Language interpreting and captioning  will be provided for this event. Interpreters will be on the main stage and reserved seating will be held on the main floor in the center section near the front. Captioning will be displayed on the main video boards and select monitors on the floor in front of the stage

The McBurney Disability Resource Center will host an accessibility suite in the Kohl Center for students who prefer to view the event in a smaller space. The suite will have sight lines to the stage and main video board. There will also be monitors displaying captions of the event.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank speaks at Convocation