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In 2021, Convocation Will Be Double the Fun

Convocation is one of the signature events of Wolfpack Welcome Week and officially kicks off the start of the new academic year. This year, there will be two ceremonies — one for incoming first-years and another for second-year students. 

Ms. Wuf raises her hands to lead a cheer in front of a group of students sitting on the bleachers in Reynolds Coliseum
Ms. Wuf leads a cheer at a previous Convocation ceremony in Reynolds Coliseum

New Student Convocation is a high-energy event that typically takes place in Reynolds Coliseum at the start of each fall semester. It’s the first time that the incoming class comes together as a whole, and they are introduced to the university’s leadership, values, and many beloved traditions. This year, there will be two ceremonies — one for incoming first-years and another for second-year students who missed out on in-person Convocation and other Wolfpack Welcome Week activities last year due to COVID-19. 

The 2021 Convocation ceremonies will take place on Sunday, Aug. 15. First-Year Convocation is at 1 p.m. and takes place at the Court of North Carolina. Second-Year Convocation is at 3 p.m. and takes place at Stafford Commons, outside of Talley Student Union. Both ceremonies will feature performances by the NC State marching band and welcome messages from Randy Woodson, NC State chancellor, and Tamah Morant, a faculty member in economics for the Poole College of Management. Following each ceremony, the traditional class photos will be taken.

“Convocation is an immersive, high-energy event and we’re so glad to be back in person,” said Carrie Zelna, associate vice chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. “This year, we wanted new students and second-year students alike to have the opportunity to celebrate the start of the academic year.”

Although Convocation will be held in person this year, the university is taking several precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because these are outdoor events, face coverings are not required but are highly encouraged.

More in Store for Wolfpack Welcome Week

Convocation is one of many events for first-years and second-years to enjoy during Wolfpack Welcome Week. For the full schedule, see the Wolfpack Welcome Week web page or download the Mobile Guide app.

Here are just some of the signature events you won’t want to miss:

  • Moonlight Howl and Run: Join NC State Wellness and Recreation on Friday, Aug. 13, from midnight to 1:30 a.m. for a 1.6-mile run around campus, followed by a post-race party with live DJ at Stafford Commons.
  • Wolfpack Wandering: Find Your Classes: On Saturday, Aug. 14, from 1-3 p.m., get directions to your classes from NC State tour guides. Tours start every 30 minutes. 
  • Campus Resource Fair: On Monday, Aug. 16, from 2-4 p.m., come to Stafford Commons, outside Talley Student Union, and learn about all of the resources available to help you succeed at NC State.
  • Campus Community Centers’ Open House: On Thursday, Aug. 19, from 2-4 p.m., come and learn about NC State’s African American Cultural Center, GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Women’s Center and others. There will also be music, games and more. 
  • Respect the Pack: Also on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., NC State Student Government will host its annual celebration of diversity and inclusion at NC State.
  • Student Involvement Fair: On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 2-6 p.m., come to Talley Student Union to learn about the hundreds of student groups you can join at NC State.
  • RecFest: Also on Aug. 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wellness and Recreation will host this fun, interactive event with free food, giveaways, games and other entertainment.

Faculty and Staff Volunteers Needed

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs is looking for faculty and staff volunteers to help provide support at both Convocation events. Tasks include greeting students, passing out t-shirts and envelopes, providing directions and assisting with the class photo. Volunteers will need to arrive at the Court of North Carolina by 11:15 a.m. and stay for both ceremonies — through about 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Google form here.