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New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is the official academic welcome for first-year students and marks your entrance into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a new UL Lafayette student, you will have the chance to learn about opportunities awaiting you in your college. At Convocation, students, administrators, and faculty will share their own experiences and advice — about making the most of your time at UL Lafayette, finding your people, and making your mark.




2023 New Student Convocation

Welcome, Class of 2027! All incoming first-year UL Lafayette students are required to attend New Student Convocation. Convocation will be on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 5:30 pm in the Cajundome. Doors will open at 4:30 pm and FREE food and drinks will be available for students. Please bring your CAJUN CARD; students will swipe their Cajun Card as they enter the Cajundome. There will be a clear bag policy in place at the Cajundome, please plan accordingly.

New Student Convocation Additional Information

Students will attend their Cajun Connection class and then proceed to New Student Convocation immediately following Cajun Connection. Students are encouraged to park at Cajun Field and cross Cajundome Blvd. via the pedestrian tunnel. Shuttle transportation from campus will also be available and will pick up in front of the Student Union on McKinley Street. After the Convocation Ceremony, students will participate in the Class of 2027 class photo. We will close out the evening with an awesome fireworks show!

Meet the 2023 Convocation Speakers

Johnnie Hardy, III

Major: Nursing; Minor in Business

Hometown: Lake Charles, Louisiana

High School: Barbe High School

Classification: Sophomore

Fun Fact: I like to smell good.

Headshot of Colby Hebert


Colby Hebert

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

High School: Southside High School

Classification: Senior

Fun Fact: My favorite place to travel is Washington D.C.

Mynmayh Khamvongsa

Hometown: Youngsville

High School: Early College Academy

Major: Systems Engineering

Classification: PhD

Fun Fact: I love learning languages and drawing architecture in my spare time.

Lauren Lopez

Major: Business Management

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

High School: St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Classification: Senior

Fun Fact: I spent a summer working at Yale at National Student Leadership Conference!

Trinity Magee

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Major: Psychology

High School: Abramson Sci Academy

Classification: Senior

Fun Fact: I love to write poetry & learn to crotchet in my free time!

Caemon Scott

Major: Strategic Communications; Concentration in Public Relations; Minor in Criminal Justice

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

High School: Lafayette Christian Academy

Classification: Junior

Fun Fact: I’m afraid of the dark.

Grayson Stepanek

Major: Master of Business Administration (Graduate); Marketing (Undergraduate)

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

High School: Westminster Christian Academy (Opelousas, LA)

Classification: Graduate Student

Fun Fact: I've never had Taco Bell.

Emma Taylor

Major: Sport Management

Hometown: Houston, Texas

High School: North Cedar Academy

Classification: Senior

Fun Fact: I used to show Llamas in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo- the largest rodeo in the world!

Annaclaire Zerangue

Major: Psychology; Minor in English 

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

High School: St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Classification: Junior

Fun Fact: I lived in Cajun Village with my dad when I was four years old.

What if I have other questions?

Contact the Office of First-Year Experience at or 337-482-6599.

Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend New Student Convocation. See all Convocation info for faculty and staff.