Convocation is your official welcome into the Gator Community. This formal ceremony is the only time that the Class of 2022 will be together in one location!
New Student Convocation is on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Yes. All incoming first-year students including those who have just graduated high school with their AA degree are expected to attend. Students in the Innovation Academy, Pathways to Campus Enrollment (PaCE), and UF Online are welcome, but not required to attend.
An attendance mechanism will be used to take attendance at Convocation. Each college will follow-up with students who do not attend with the make-up option.
The consequences for not attending vary depending on college. Make up options range from a mandatory meeting once classes begin with a Dean of their college to attending other events held once classes begin to a hold placed on the student’s record that prevents them from registering for classes until they meet with their advisor and/or complete the make-up option.
You will not have an opportunity to have an individual advising appointment at the events, but you can go to your college’s advising center prior to the event or anytime during the days following New Student Convocation. You may also ask the faculty member present at your college breakout session general questions.
Dress for Convocation is casual, however, wearing Orange and Blue is always encouraged. There may be some walking so wear something that is comfortable for inside and outside. You may want to bring a jacket as the air conditioning can get cool indoors.
Just bring yourself and your cell phone, if you have one.
Check-in will vary based on College.
Yes! Family members are invited too. You won’t be able to sit with them as you will sit with your college but you can reunite with them when the program concludes.
Yes, even though you started in the summer your college still requires you to attend Convocation.
No. We have a list of all students who are required to attend and have given your names to the appropriate college contact, so they are expecting you!
Parking will be available in the O’Connell Center North Lot (Orange and Green Decal spaces) and in the O’Connell Center Garage VII (Seven).  Overflow parking will also be available in the Large Commuter Lot and Parking Garage V (five). If you are a new student or family member with a disability and need parking accommodations please refer to UF’s Transportation and Parking Services ADA Parking Accommodations information found at If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us at or call 352-392-8396.
New Student Convocation will take place in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The Family Reception hosted after New Student Convocation is an optional event open to all family members of new students. This event will provide family members the opportunity to interact with University of Florida’s faculty and staff members. This event will be held in the J Wayne Reitz Union Rion Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served.