Freshmen Convocation

Freshmen Convocation serves as the official academic welcome to Arkansas Tech University for the Class of 2023. The ceremony, modeled after graduation, formally welcomes the incoming class, sets a tone of academic success and allows students to envision themselves graduating from ATU. 

The Freshmen Convocation Ceremonies for fall 2019 will be held on Saturday, August 17. Please see the schedule below to discover which convocation ceremony you should attend. Parents and families are welcome and encouraged to attend with their student!

*Students must check-in for TECHConnect Orientation before attending Freshmen Convocation, so they can pick up a convocation gown and the t-shirt to wear to the event.  TECHConnect Orientation check-in will be held from 8:00 am -3:30 pm in Young Ballroom. 


Processional at Freshmen Convocation



For all students in the following colleges:

  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Natural and Health Science

2:00-2:30- Student Check-in at Tucker Coliseum
2:30-3:15- Freshmen Convocation 1




Freshmen Convocation



For all students in the following colleges:

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • Undelcared and eTech Student

3:30-4:00- Student Check-in at Tucker Coliseum
4:00-4:45- Freshmen Convocation 2



Frequently Asked Questions

Freshmen Convocation is held inside Tucker Coliseum. You may park, for free, in any of the parking lots around the coliseum. Check on the campus map to see where Tucker Coliseum is located on campus

The dress code for Freshmen Convocation is casual. 

  • Students should wear their green, Class of 2023, t-shirt and carry their black convocation robe. Both of these items can be picked up during TECHConnect Orientation check-in.
  • Parents and guests are free to dress comfortably. Keep in mind the coliseum might get a little cold, so bringing a light jacket or sweater is recommended
Yes! Yes! Yes!  Parents, families and guests are highly encourged to attend Freshmen Convocation. This is a great opportunity to show support for your student's academic endevors and be part of the official academic welcome for the University! 

Parents and Families should be sure to check out the Parent and Family Information meeting which happens just before your students Convocation ceremony in the Lecture Hall in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building. 

1:00-2:00 pm- Parent and Family Meeting #1
2:30-3:30 pm- Parent and Family Meeting #2

Parents and Families will be escorted to Tucker Coliseum for Freshmen Convocation after their parent meeting. 

When students check-in for convocation, they will be escorted to the floor to sit in a specific section with their academic college.  When parents, families and guests arrive, they will be directed to sit in the upper levels of the coliseum where they can watch and participate in the ceremony.  
 Yes! All freshmen should attend Freshmen Convocation to participate in the official welcome of the Class of 2023.