UW–Madison alumni Joel Baraka wears his cap & gown and speaks on stage at New Student Convocation 2023. Text on the image reads "Are you the next student speaker?"

Current Students: Join Convocation 2024!

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New Student Convocation

What is Convocation?

Join fellow students for a formal welcome to UW–Madison, hosted by Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin and the Office for Student Transition and Family Engagement (STFE). This Wisconsin Welcome event features performances by the UW Marching Band, a chance to grab your free copy of the Go Big Read, and a welcome from university leaders, including Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin herself!

UW–Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin addresses thousands of first-year and transfer students during the New Student Convocation.

Be This Year's Student Speaker

Have some Badger Wisdom to share?

Speak alongside our university’s most prominent leaders at New Student Convocation 2024. This Wisconsin Welcome event ushers in thousands of new freshmen and transfer students each year. Submitted speeches should be 2-3 minutes long and focus on the Wisconsin Experience pillar of “Purposeful Action.”

Apply by July 22

2023 Convocation Speakers

Jennifer L. Mnookin

Position title: Chancellor

Charles Lee Isbell Jr.

Position title: Provost, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Lori Reesor

Position title: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

LaVar J. Charleston

Position title: Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer