Student FAQs

What is the Day of Convocation?

  • The Day of Convocation is a day dedicated to welcome and introduce new students (freshmen and transfers) to the UNC Charlotte academic community.
  • The day starts with students assembling in their college designated location for the Dean’s Welcome.
  • Check your college morning meeting location here. 
  • Then, students will walk as a group to the Dale Halton Arena to participate in the New Student Convocation ceremony.  
  • The ceremony will be followed by departmental and collegiate activities.

When is the Day of Convocation?

  • The Day of Convocation is held on the first day of the fall semester: Monday, August 21.

Is attendance mandatory?

  • All new undergraduate students, freshmen and transfers, are required to attend.

What is the New Student Convocation?

  • The New Student Convocation is an assembly of faculty, staff and students to officially welcome and induct new undergraduate students (freshmen and transfers) into the UNC Charlotte community of learners
  • During the ceremony, students will learn about UNC Charlotte’s history, mission, values, and academic expectations.
  • Just as graduation marks the completion of a course of study, Convocation marks the beginning of the new students’ academic journey at UNC Charlotte
  • The New Student Convocation ceremony takes place on the first day of the fall semester, Monday, August 21, at 11:00 am in the Dale Halton Arena.  
  • Doors will open at 10:30 am.

Is there a dress code for New Student Convocation?

  • Students should dress casually, wear comfortable shoes and wear the UNC Charlotte T-shirt given out at 49er New Year (held prior to the ceremony)
  • Free convocation t-shirts may also be picked up at the UCAE office in Colvard 2300 on Monday morning (while supplies last).
  • If you don't get a convocation t-shirt, wear any UNC Charlotte/Green apparel of your choice.

What do I need to bring to New Student Convocation?

  • Bring yourself, your cell phone (if you have one), and a winning attitude! 

Where can I find a Day of Convocation schedule of activities?

When do classes start?

  • Classes scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm will not meet on Monday, August 21. Classes regularly scheduled for 5:00 pm or later will meet as scheduled.

Are there activities for continuing students?

  • The Day of Convocation is for new freshman and new transfer students only.
  • Some continuing students will be involved in hosting and helping with the day of activities.
  • Classes scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm will not meet on Monday, August 21.
  • Classes regularly scheduled for 5:00 pm or later will meet as scheduled.
  • The event can be watched on livestream here.