Faculty wearing regalia at Commencement ceremony

First-Year Convocation

Friday, August 26, 2022
Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

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 university 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 university journey.

10 a.m.


11 a.m.

Academic Breakouts



2 p.m.

Post-Convocation Party

Academic Day Events

Convocation schedule breakdown
Time Title Presenter Location
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Convocation Ceremony 

Dr. Katherine Conway Turner

Dr. James Mayrose

Dr. Timothy Gordon

Keynote: Jillian Hanesworth

Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Tunnel of Applause/Transition to Academic Department time Faculty/Staff/Volunteers to direct student path Walking path between Rockwell Hall and the Plaza

11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Academic Breakouts College Academic Administrators and Faculty See Blue Sheet

12:00 -
1:00 p.m.

Lunch Associate Deans and Faculty Campbell Student Union-- Bengal Kitchen/Bengal Retail
1:00 -
2:00 p.m.
“Worth a Visit”—Stop by these offices if you need to finalize anything for the first day


Financial Aid-Moot Hall

Student Accounts-Moot Hall

Registrar- Moot Hall

Professional Advising- EH Butler Library

Health Holds-Weigel Health Center

Student ID- EH Butler Library

Meal Plans- Chartwells, Student Union

2:00 - 
5:00 p.m.
Post Convocation Plaza Various vendors and professional staff offices  



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
Jillian Hanesworth
Jillian Hanesworth Poet Laureate of Buffalo, N.Y.
Jillian Hanesworth

Meet Your Academic Deans

Brian C. Cronk
Brian Cronk Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Wendy Paterson
Wendy Paterson Dean, School of Education
Carol Denysschen headshot
Carol DeNysschen Dean, School of the Professions

Oath of Matriculation

As a new student to Buffalo State University, 
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 University.

This I pledge to myself.