Provost & Academic Vice President

Sherman Tower

New Student Convocation
Friday, August 16, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Western Hall

President's New Student Convocation

WIU faculty, staff, and students will officially welcome new undergraduate students and their families to Western Illinois University at the August 16, 2019, New Student Convocation.

All incoming freshmen and transfer students should plan to attend this ceremony, which is designed to promote Western's values -- academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility. Convocation is also a time to share in the rich traditions and history of the University.

The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a formal procession of faculty and administrators dressed in full academic regalia. President Jack Thomas, the Board of Trustees Chair, WIU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Kishor Kapale, and Student Government Association President Colton Markey will present remarks. The Provost and Academic Vice President will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Convocation participants are invited to attend the President’s Family Picnic on the campus mall, southwest of the Spencer Student Recreation Center, immediately following the Convocation.

Questions about New Student Convocation may be addressed to Linda Prosise at (309) 298-2110 or

Information for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the New Student Convocation ceremony.  Additional information.