Faculty wearing regalia at Commencement ceremony

First-Year Convocation

Friday, August 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m., The Plaza

First-Year Convocation is a Buffalo State tradition that gives our newest students an opportunity to be officially introduced and welcomed into the campus academic community. From that moment on, they embrace Buffalo State as their alma mater.

What Is Convocation?

Convocation, from the Latin words meaning “to call together,” has been used to describe a ceremonial assembly of members of a college since the fifteenth century. At Buffalo State, the annual event provides first-year students with the opportunity to hear from administrators, fellow classmates, and faculty before beginning their college journey.


President, Katherine Conway-Turner
Katherine Conway-Turner President
Katherine Conway-Turner
Jim Mayrose
Jim Mayrose Provost
Jim Mayrose
Timothy Gordon
Timothy Gordon Vice President for Student Affairs
Timothy Gordon
Shomari James
Shomari James, '01 Young Alumni Speaker
Shomari James, '01

Academic Day Schedule


   Time     Events
 9:00 a.m. ▪    Residential students attend mandatory floor meetings
▪    Commuter students report to Student Union for Commuter Welcome 
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Convocation Check-in
▪    Students check-in at The Plaza to receive their Class of 2025 t-shirts 
 10:00 a.m.


First-Year Convocation is the first formal event of each academic year. It is the official welcome for all First-Year students entering Buffalo State.

First-Year Convocation will be following CDC guidelines regarding this event. 

     10:00 a.m.


    Class photo

    10:45 a.m. Students escorted to their face-to-face meet and greet with their Academic Department (travel time)
     11:00 a.m. -
    Academic Department Time
    Various Locations  - Department/Room Schedule (PDF) 
    Required for all new students. Meet faculty and ask questions regarding your major and class schedule. Build an early connection to your department.
     12:00 -
     1:00 p.m.
    Lunch (on your own). Lunch is not provided; however, residential students can use their Bengal cards and commuters may take advantage of a $6 lunch (ID card required).
     1:00 - 
     2:30 p.m.
    Honors Program Welcome, Bulger Communication Center 217
    Required for all incoming Muriel A. Howard Honors students. A meet-and-greet with faculty and current honors students.  Important calendar and activity information will be shared. Get your Honors t-shirt!
     1:00 -       3:00 p.m.

    Discover Buffalo State
    ▪    Major Department Drop-In Office Hours – Locations vary
    ▪    Academic Commons (meet a professional adviser) 
    E. H. Butler Library
    ▪    Bengal Card Office
    –E. H. Butler Library, second floor, Information Desk
    ▪    Buy/Pick-up your books Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Campbell Student Union
    ▪    Career Development Center – Cleveland Hall 306
    ▪    Financial Aid/Registrar/Admissions 
    Moot Hall
    ▪    Immunizations Records 
    Weigel Health Center
    ▪    Learning Communities Open House – Twin Rise 100
    ▪    Roar 2 Success Resource Center Open House – Student Union 
        Study Abroad Office Twin Rise South Wing 430
    ▪    SAY YES Open House
    – Twin Rise South Wing 530
    ▪    Tutoring Center Open House 
    E. H. Butler Library 
    ▪    Walk Your Fall Class Schedule 
    find your class locations


    Meet Your Academic Deans

    Brian C. Cronk
    Brian Cronk Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
    Wendy Paterson
    Wendy A. Paterson Dean, School of Education
    Rita M. Zientek
    Rita M. Zientek Interim Dean, School of the Professions

    Oath of Matriculation

    As a new student to Buffalo State College, 
    being now admitted to the rite of matriculation 
    in baccalaureate studies, 
    I do pledge to be an exemplary learner, 
    to place the highest value on my 
    intellectual, personal and professional growth, 
    and to respect learning and knowledge.

    My priority is to be an educated person, 
    to make significant progress in my program of study, 
    and to graduate.

    As a student at Buffalo State, I will conduct myself 
    with dignity, honesty, and civility, 
    respecting the views and diverse backgrounds 
    of my teachers and peers, 
    enhancing the life of my community, 
    and promoting the welfare and esteemed reputation 
    of Buffalo State College.

    This I pledge to myself.