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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.



New Student Convocation is required for all first-year students



2023 New Student Convocation

All incoming, first-year UL Lafayette students are required to complete Convocation.

PLEASE BRING YOUR CAJUN CARD (student ID)--students will swipe their Cajun Card as they enter the Cajundome.


New Student Convocation Additional Information

Students will attend their Cajun Connection class and then proceed to New Student Convocation immediately following Cajun Connection.

Student parking is available at Cajun Field.  There is also optional bus transportation available at Agnes Edwards Hall.

After the Convocation Ceremony, students will participate in the Class Photo.

We will close out the evening with an awesome fireworks show!


Meet the 2023 Convocation Speakers--Coming Soon


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.