Information for Faculty and Staff

Saturday, August 25, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
McGuirk Arena, John G. Kulhavi Events Center

CMU will hold the New Student Convocation on Saturday, August 25, 2018 to officially welcome new students to their academic career and celebrate their entry into higher education. The goals of the ceremony are to create a greater sense of belonging for our new students, emphasize the importance of their academic work, convey our commitment to support them as they pursue their education and familiarize them with CMU’s traditions and customs. The ceremony will include an academic processional and recessional, with speakers to include university leadership, faculty and alumni.

Faculty, P&A staff and Senior Officers are invited to participate as members of platform party for this exciting event. If you would like to participate, please complete the below registration and academic apparel order form by Friday, July 6, 2018.

Registration Form

Academic Apparel

All platform party members must be dressed is academic regalia. If you do not have your own apparel and need to rent please complete the academic apparel section of the registration form (see above).

Apparel can be picked up at the CMU Bookstore during the below dates and times. Following the ceremony, apparel must be returned to Media Room in the lower level of the Events Center.

Apparel Pick Up

​Thursday, August 23, 2018
​8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
​Friday, August 24, 2018
​8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
​Saturday, August 25, 2018
​10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Convocation Instructions

All participants should plan to arrive to the John G. Kulhavi Events Center by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 25th. Parking for faculty and staff is available in lot 61, located west of the Events Center. Upon arrival, faculty and P&A staff should report to the Media Room (lower level). Senior Officers should report to the Upper Club Lounge. Marshals and staff members will be available to assist in processional line up.

Following the ceremony, please return any rented apparel to the Media Room in the lower level of the Events Center.

If you have any questions regarding the New Student Convocation Ceremony, please contact Kyle Pybus-Jerome, Ceremonies and Events Coordinator, at (989) 774-7392 or by email at

Questions regarding academic apparel should be directed to Lauralyn Widrig-Gross, CMU Bookstore, at (989) 774-7490 or by email at