The convocation is the only campus-wide event whose sole purpose is to focus on our joint academic enterprise. It is important to attend this colorful and festive ceremony. Students are encouraged to attend. Faculty are given the opportunity to allow students to attend or bring their class as a whole.
The order of the processional is as follows:
The Platform Party leads the processional. The Platform Party consists of the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, the Chair of Faculty Senate, the Student Government President, designated Regents and speakers.
The Platform Party will meet in the Women's Basketball Locker Room by 9:45 a.m. Jonna Brown will direct the lineup for the Platform Party.
Honor society students, scholarship recipients and retired faculty follow the Platform Party in leading the procession. These students and the director of the honors program will meet on the lawn between Burch Hall and Aggie Gym by 9:45 a.m.
Academic Gonfalon Carriers
Gonfalon carriers are honor students chosen by the faulty to represent their department. Each gonfalon carrier leads the faculty and staff of his or her discipline in the processional. Academic disciplines or programs represented by a gonfalon are:
Gonfalon carriers will assemble promptly at 3:30 p.m. the Wednesday before the ceremony in Aggie Gym for their first rehearsal. This first rehearsal should last no longer than 45 minutes. PLUS students serving as ushers will have a rehearsal in Aggie Gym on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Gonfalon carriers should assemble at 8:45 a.m. in Aggie Gym for their final rehearsal, this time with gonfalons. Gonfalon carriers, please be prompt! Men are asked to wear a coat and tie; women are asked to wear a dress or pantsuit. Low-heeled or flat shoes are recommended.
Gonfalon carriers will enter from behind stage.
Faculty and administrative staff should wear academic regalia and assemble in the Administration Building according to academic program. Faculty are to line up behind their respective departmental gonfalon. Administrative staff and faculty not assigned to one of the departments represented by a particular gonfalon should assemble behind the sign Academic Support Units. The processional for the convocation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Faculty and staff should assemble by 9:45 a.m. Gonfalon carriers will direct lineup of the faculty and staff.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the President will dismiss participants. As the band plays the recessional music, only the platform party and academic banners will return to the assembly area. All others are then free to leave.
In the event of Inclement Weather, there will be no processional. Participants are asked to arrive at Aggie Gym and immediately enter and be seated in the designated student or faculty seats. The Gonfalon carriers' role will not change.