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New Student Convocation

At the beginning of each school year, thousands of students, faculty, staff and administrators gather together at the New Student Convocation event. It is an opportunity to formally welcome first year students to the university and provide an introduction to the campus community. You will be greeted by and hear from current students, alumni, and key stakeholders of the university who share a collective voice of a community that cares for and is focused on student success. For more information and to view previous Convocation ceremonies, visit our History page. 

Convocation 2020

In a normal year, we would gather together, several thousand strong, in Bramlage Coliseum, to share in this moment of community and belonging together. However, this is not a normal year, and we wanted to put the health and safety of our community first during the time of COVID-19. So, we gathered together virtually in the fall of 2020! Below is the full Convocation event that premiered on Sunday, August 16 from 5:30-6:15 pm.


Watch Parties

We encouraged various groups to organize and host their own virtual or small face-to-face gatherings, to forge connections with our new students and to create meaning around the event. Below are some pictures of an FYS class, a CAT Community, our partners in the Staley School of Leadership Studies and the Office of Student Success, hosting their own small watch parties together!

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To help with the watch party process, we also created a guide to hosting a watch party, which includes a discussion facilitation guide. The video is archived, so you and your students can still watch Convocation sometime this semester and use the guide to have a conversation afterwards.

Kansas State University is committed to providing equal access opportunity and reasonable accommodation to campus programs and services for faculty, staff and students. If you require accommodation to view or hear a video live stream or archive, please submit a request for accommodation. Students should make their request to the Student Access Center. All others should request accommodation through Human Capital Services.