The Office of Undergraduate Education

University Convocation

University Convocation, the first step in a student's academic journey at UT Dallas, is the official welcome for all incoming freshmen and transfer students, as well as the formal introduction to the Freshman Theme and Reader. The Freshman Theme for the Class of 2018 is "Service Matters: In My Home, On My Campus, In My Community, Around the World."

The 2014 University Convocation ceremony is on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 4:00pm in the Activity Center gymnasium. If you are a faculty member, student leader, or staff member, please gather outside the racquetball courts at 3:30pm to participate in the processional. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will sit in the stands of the Activity Center gymnasium.

William Stoudt

Keynote Speaker

William Stoudt, a New Orleans native, began volunteering with a fledgling grass roots group called Youth Rebuilding New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina. As a high school student, he helped form and grow the non-profit organization, taking the reins as Chairman upon his graduation. He attended Tulane University where he earned dual degrees in Business Management and Political Science. While at Tulane, he also facilitated service learning instruction for the esteemed Center for Public Service. Upon graduation, he was offered a full-time position as Executive Director and tasked with growing and developing YRNO into one of the premier volunteer organizations in the area. Today, he oversees YRNO's daily operations, including property acquisitions, construction, and accounting. He is also responsible for the organization's service learning curriculum, school outreach and youth development programs.

Convocation Attire

Faculty should dress in formal regalia. Student leaders and staff should dress in seasonally appropriate business casual attire. Incoming students should wear the UT Dallas Class of 2018 t-shirts that were distributed during the summer orientation sessions. The UT Dallas Class of 2018 t-shirt serves as the meal ticket for incoming students at the welcome barbecue after the ceremony. Students who did not receive their UT Dallas Class of 2018 t-shirt and Freshman Reader during orientation may pick them up outside of the gymnasium, directly before or after the University Convocation ceremony.

Post Convocation Celebration

After University Convocation, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen gather to welcome incoming students to the University community. Students should process out of the Activity Center to the center of the mall for a barbecue sponsored by Student Affairs.

University Convocation RSVP

Faculty, staff, and student leaders should notify the Office of Undergraduate Education regarding their intent to attend using the University Convocation RSVP Form.