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Freshman Convocation

  • Students speaking at Freshman Convocation Students pose with Norm at the Oak Grove Picnic Students at the Oak Grove Picnic
  • At Convocation, see a slideshow of all the Instagram pictures shared to #new2IUPAs a community, IUP welcomes the arrival of the Class of 2020 with the Fall Convocation celebration at 5:00 p.m. on August 28.

    IUP student leaders join with faculty and staff to welcome the entering Class of 2020. IUP President Mike Driscoll, along with other university leaders, will compose the platform party and extend a formal welcome to new students.

    Music will be provided by members of the IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band.

  • Convocation Schedule

    5:00 P.M.
    Freshman Convocation

    Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    Faculty, students, and staff commute from department meetings to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Convocation begins and speakers deliver their addresses.

    Oak Grove Cookout

    UPDATE: Due to the threat of rain, the Oak Grove Cookout has been moved to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    Oak Grove cookout! Aramark has prepared a scrumptious menu, so please join faculty, staff, and students for food and fun.

    Convocation Speakers

    Professor David Downing

    Dr. Downing is a professor of English and the IUP Distinguished University Professor for 2016–17.

    President Michael Driscoll

    On behalf of the IUP community, Dr. Michael Driscoll will offer a welcome to the entering class. 

    Provost Timothy Moerland

    Dr. Moerland is provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

    Professor Melvin Jenkins

    Dr. Jenkins is chair of the Department of Developmental Studies