Create your future! 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 students, as well as the formal introduction to the goals set forth for incoming students. UT Dallas charges incoming students with fulfilling the University's mantra, 'create your future' by becoming highly engaged and service-oriented leaders within the University community. The 2017 University Convocation ceremony is on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 4:00 pm in the Activity Center gymnasium. If you are a faculty member, student leader, or staff member, please gather outside the racquetball courts at 3:30 pm to participate in the processional. Incoming students will sit in the stands of the Activity Center gymnasium.

2017 Convocation Keynote

Roslyn Dawson Thompson

Roslyn Dawson Thompson is President & CEO of Dallas Women's Foundation, the largest regional women's foundation of the 120 women's funds worldwide. She is also the chair of the board of the Women’s Funding Network, which represents women’s foundations globally.

A lifelong advocate for women and girls, she moved in 2011 from a 25-year career owning a national marketing communications firm to leading Dallas Women's Foundation, where she had been a volunteer leader and donor since its inception. Under her leadership, the Foundation has seen remarkable growth. The Foundation has increased its grants benefiting women and girls from $2.5 million a year in 2011 to over $4.4 million in 2016; increased its net assets from $26 million in 2011 to $33 million in 2016; and undertaken ambitious strategic initiatives to impact women’s economic security and women’s leadership through research, grants, advocacy and gendered investment of assets.

Dawson Thompson serves on the executive committee of Prosperity Together, an initiative of 27 public women's foundations that have committed $100 million to advance women's economic security in the U.S. over the next five years. Locally, she serves on the executive committee and executive board of Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America, the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and the advisory board of the Junior League of Dallas. Her former volunteer leadership includes serving as board chair of the Parkland Hospital Foundation and as a board/executive committee member of Girls Inc., YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas (now known as WiNGS) and Dallas Women's Foundation (1986-88; 2008-11). She is a member of the International Women's Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is married to Rex Thompson, professor of finance at SMU, and their family includes three grown children.

Convocation Attire

Incoming students should wear orange, green, or UT Dallas spirit wear. Faculty should dress in business casual attire or formal regalia. Student leaders and staff should dress in business casual attire. Incoming students are provided a meal ticket for the welcome barbecue after the 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.

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