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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 meet fellow classmates and faculty, as well as learn about opportunities awaiting you in your college.

2021 New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Cajundome.

All incoming, first-year UL Lafayette students are required to attend convocation.

At Convocation, students, alumni, 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. Convocation is the only time that the entire Class of 2025 is together until you graduate in four years.

After Convocation, our entire freshman class will take its first steps together on your journey as UL Lafayette students as you walk the short distance to Cajun Field to take the official Class of 2025 photo.

What to Know Before Convocation

  • Wear a red shirt for the official Class of 2025 photo
  • Plan your transportation
    • Drive to the Cajundome and park at Cajun Field, or take one of the University buses from the Rex Street bus stop in front of Agnes Edwards Hall
  • Bring your Cajun Card, which will be scanned on the way out to confirm your attendance.
  • Make sure any purses or bags you bring fit the rules outlined in the Clear Bag Policy

New Student Convocation Timeline

  • 5:30 p.m. Buses start running from campus to the Cajundome. Catch one of the continuously running buses on Rex Street in front of Agnes Edwards Hall.
  • 5:30 p.m. Doors open at the Cajundome
  • 7 p.m. Convocation begins
  • 8 p.m. Convocation ends and all freshmen walk to Cajun Field for the Class of 2025 class picture
  • 8:30 p.m. Cajun Craze Kickoff begins at Cajun Field
  • 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Buses run from Cajun Field back to campus

Class of 2025 Photo at Cajun Field

Wear a red shirt for the Class of 2025 photo!

After Convocation, our entire freshman class will take its first steps together on your journey as UL Lafayette students as you walk the short distance to Cajun Field to take the official Class of 2025 photo.

Once we take our Class of 2025 photo, stick around at Cajun Field for the Cajun Craze Kickoff!

Masks or Face Coverings Required

Masks are required for all people attending New Student Convocation.

2021 Convocation Speakers

Lauren Lopes Lauren Lopes
Major: Business Management
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2020
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2024
Tyler Batiste Tyler Batiste
Major: B.S. Marketing, Minor in Hospitality Management. Currently pursuing MBA: Entrepreneurship
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2017
Graduated: Fall 2020
Sage Aucoin Sage Aucoin 
Major: Strategic Communications: Public Relations 
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2017
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022
Tayla Weary Tayla Weary
Major: Psychology, Minor Child and Family Studies
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2018
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022
Faryal Atif Faryal Atif
Major: MA English: Literary and Cultural Studies 
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Summer 2018
Graduated: Fall 2020
Sarah Bush Sarah Bush 
Major: Chemistry, Minor Biology 
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2018
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022
Addison Ceasar Addison Ceasar 
Major: Environmental Science 
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2018
Anticipated Graduation: Fall 2022
Ayush Deshpande Ayush Deshpande 
Major: Psychology: Pre-Med & Economics: Business Analysis, Minor Chemistry 
First Semester at UL Lafayette: Fall 2020
Anticipated Graduation: May 2024

What if I have other questions?

Contact the Office of First-Year Experience at ofye@louisiana.edu 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.