Saturday, August 19
Brownson Arena, Maverick Center

Doors open at 11am, program begins at 11:30am


What is convocation?

Convocation means to “convene” or “assemble.” It is a ceremony that formally marks and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. For you, our incoming students, it represents the beginning of your academic journey, and serves to formally introduce you  to our Colorado Mesa University campus community.

Convocation also serves to introduce, acquaint and connect our incoming students with our Mission, Vision and Values, while also reminding and reaffirming these fundamental precepts to and for our faculty, staff and campus community. Together, starting with this opening event we celebrate your entrance (convocation), and ultimately we will celebrate and congratulate your accomplishment (commencement) as meaningful opportunities to recognize the transformative experience that is higher education. Welcome to CMU. We are glad you are here and look forward to the life-changing adventure we are beginning together.  


11:00am Brownson Arena open for student and guest seating 

11:30am Processional with music by Professor of Music Arthur Houle, DMA

11:35am Program 

  • Introduction and Welcome by President Tim Foster
  • Convocation – meaning of by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Pemberton
  • Musical Performance by Mesa Outloud!
  • Student Body Welcome by Associated Student Government Ben Linzey
  • President’s Message and recognition of new faculty 
  • Learning of the CMU Fight Song led by Director of Musical Theatre Jeremy Franklin and Mesa Outloud! backed by the Rowdy Brass Band
  • Recessional & March with the Maverick
Meet CMU President Tim Foster as well as faculty, staff and other new students. Learn the CMU fight song. Eat FREE FOOD. Have some fun!

Following the program, Rowdy (our mascot) and his brass band will lead us all to the Plaza for a BBQ with the President, faculty and staff.