New Student Convocation is the University of Minnesota’s official welcome to the Class of 2026! A university tradition, this event is a celebration of the U of M community, school pride, and its spirit of academic excellence. You will hear from President Gabel, other faculty speakers, and experience the University of Minnesota Marching Band!

Here's what students have to say about New Student Convocation

“I think my two favorite parts were seeing the marching band and feeling their energy because it was contagious, and I also enjoyed when the leaders did the little chants. I know that looking back, a lot of my friends and I crack up about it.” -Namitha Binu, Class of 2023

“It was cool seeing the entire first-year class. It made me excited to start school and meet new people.” -Stephen Martin, Class of 2021

“I remember it being really exciting because we got to sit by college and everyone was wearing their own specific t-shirt and doing some cheers so we got a sense of college pride! And it was really cool to see the Pride of Minnesota for the first time, they got everyone excited when they came out playing. Besides that, I also remember thinking the speakers did a great job and it was really cool that we got our graduation tassels on our first day, I still have mine hanging about my desk and look forward to using it this May!” -Tyler Cinq-Mars, Class of 2021

Note: All unmasked photos were taken prior to 2020.

UMN Convocation speakers
Students at UMN Convocation
UMN Convocation
UMN Convocation
Welcome Week Leaders give high fives at UMN Convocation
Marching Band members at UMN Convocation

We can’t wait to welcome you to the University of Minnesota. Go Gophers!