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New Student Convocation

September 6, 2022

New Student Convocation is UW–Madison’s formal welcome ceremony for all new freshman and transfer students. At Convocation, you’ll hear remarks from Chancellor Mnookin 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 four years later. At the end of the ceremony, you’ll receive a copy of the year’s Go Big Read book too!

View the Convocation Program

Meet Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin

Chancellor Mnookin seated surrounded by colorful chairs

Jennifer L. Mnookin is the 30th leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a national expert on law, forensic science and evidence, and has deep experience as an innovative and talented administrator. Prior to joining UW-Madison, Mnookin served as dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law. Learn more about Chancellor Mnookin here.

Convocation Day Schedule, Sept. 6, 2022

8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. –Academic Programming and Orientation: see schedule below for session times and locations.

11:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. – Lunch provided by the Chancellor’s  Office on Gordon Lawn

12:45 p.m. – Doors open to the Kohl Center

1:00 p.m.– UW Marching Band, Kohl Center

1:30–3:00 p.m. – New Student Convocation, Kohl Center

3:00 — 4:30 p.m. – Ice Cream Social at Alumni Park, sponsored by The Wisconsin Alumni Association

4:00 — 8:00 p.m. – Badger Welcome Dinner with University Housing, Gordon Dining Center and Four Lakes Dining Market

School/College Orientation Sessions 2022

School/College Name Timing Orientation Location
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS 9:30am-11:30am Allen Centennial Garden
School of Business – Direct Admit 10:00am-12:15pm Grainger Hall
School of Business – Pre-Business 10:15am-12:00pm Gordon Commons
School of Education 9:30-10:40am (last names A-L), 10:40-11:45am (M-Z last names) Education Building
College of Engineering 9:00am-12:15pm Engineering Mall lawn
School of Human Ecology 9:30am-11:45am Nancy Nicholas Hall
College of Letters & Science

College of Letters & Science – Honors Program

10:30am-11:30am

10:30am-11:30am

Kohl Center

3650 Humanities Building

School of Nursing – Pre-Nursing 9:30am-10:30am Cooper Hall
School of Pharmacy – Pre-Pharmacy 9:30am-11:30am Rennebohm Hall
Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) 8:45am-11:30am (staggered groups) Union South

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Where is my School/College orientation?

Reference the table to the left and below 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 Mnookin 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. The event will be streamed on the Parent and Family Facebook page for non-students who would like to watch.

How can I find disability accommodations?

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 accessibility suite is wheelchair accessible and will have sight lines to the main video boards. Sign language interpreters will be provided and be visible on separate monitors on the floor of the Kohl Center and in the suite.

We are also planning for captions to be displayed on a monitor on the floor of the Kohl Center as well as in the suite.