Ursinus Day Academic Convocation

Each August faculty and staff welcome first year students to the Ursinus community during Convocation.


2020 Convocation Ceremony

August 19, 2020
9 a.m.
Convocation is the formal opening of the academic year for first-year students. We welcome our first year students, faculty and staff to view our Convocation video beginning at 9am on Wednesday, August 19th at 9 a.m.


Be brave and think beyond what you have been told, or have long assumed, to be true. Be willing to change your mind – and then get ready to change the world. -

-Professor Susanna Throop


The Gauntlet

Traditionally, following the ceremony, faculty, staff and students line up in a “gauntlet” outside of Bomberger Hall to welcome and cheer on the newest class of Bears. The same type of formation takes place four years later as the class exits commencement and passes through a gauntlet formed by faculty. This year we decided to share our exuberance on your arrival to campus virtually!


You will remember this fall, you will tell stories of this fall, you will be changed by this fall, in ways that will be far more significant than the sacrifices we will have to make to get there.

- Mark Schneider V.P. for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Our Speakers

Photo of Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

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Photo of Nick Hanford

Nick Hanford

Executive Director of Student Success and Scholarship Experiences, and Co-Director of the Institute for Student Success

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Alyssa 1

Alyssa Caffarelli

Director of Residence Life

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Susanna Throop, Professor of History

Susanna A. Throop

Professor and Department Chair of History

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Photo of Rev. Terri Ofori, Chaplain

Reverend Terri Ofori

College Chaplain and the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

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Spotlight on Past Convocations