As a reminder, academic meetings and convocation is MANDATORY for all new students.

This event introduces you to the academic community and officially marks your start as a Wildcat!

New Students Will:

  1. Put your fingerprint on the Class of 2021 Rock
  2. Sign The Honor Code
  3. Participate in The Academic Procession Walk down the Catwalk
  4. Convene in the Wildcat Gym
  5. Learn about the institution’s history and symbols
  6. Learn about academic policies and procedures
  7. Mingle with faculty, staff and students at the Welcome Back Street Fest

This ceremony is a moment to “call together” our campus community — faculty, staff, deans and the president — to welcome you, and encourage reflection on your intellectual journey.

Mandatory College Meetings

Immediately before the Class of 2021 Address, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, and become familiar with your college’s academic traditions and policies.



College of Culinary Arts Meetings 

Wildcat Center

  • Student should eat prior to attending



College Meetings

  • School of Business: Wildcat Center, Johnson & Wales Ballroom
  • School of Hospitality: SEE Center
  • Arts & Sciences: International Student Center



Academic Procession for New Students

Ceremonial walk from college meetings to the Class of 2021 Address