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Much of the Convocation tradition derives from medieval English custom, when kings and kings’ courts were closely associated with Oxford University and the church.

The ceremony begins with the ceremonial marshal carrying the mace, followed by the faculty, staff and administration of the university. During the ceremony, the new class is addressed by President Dr. Alison Davis-Blake, as well as other members of the Bentley community. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the class departs as one and walks into their orientation program — and start their Bentley careers.

Family members are invited to join the Bentley community in this annual tradition.

Ceremony Details

The ceremony will take place Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Bentley Arena on Lower Campus. Below are additional details:

Recommended Arrival: Convocation begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. Students are required to arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. and will be seated together as a class on the floor of the arena. Guests should arrive on campus no later than 2:30 p.m. to allow travel time from Main Campus to Lower Campus by foot or shuttle.

Parking: Parking will be available on Main Campus. There will be posted signs illustrating how to get to the ceremony from the parking lots. A shuttle service will provide transportation to Lower Campus. You may also walk to the arena from Main Campus, if you choose. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from the parking lots on Main Campus to the Bentley Arena.

Shuttles: There will be shuttle service available on Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Shuttles will pick up at the LaCava and Miller stops on Main Campus, and will run approximately every 10 minutes.

Seating Arrangements: Seating is first-come, first-served, and there is plenty of seating available for families and guests in the arena. Students will be seated together as a class on the floor of the arena. It is recommended to be seated by 2:45 p.m.

Special Assistance: Please note an ASL interpreter will be available for those with hearing impairments. The interpreter will be on the stage and seating will be available near the interpreter. If you require handicap accessibility, there will be special seating available as well. If you require this service or any special seating accommodations, please fill out this form.

Food and Beverage: Complimentary water stations will be available. The university has a framework and decision-making process in place that upholds sustainability as a core value and commitment across all departments and throughout the student body. Guests can feel free to bring water bottles if they prefer.

For additional questions, please contact the Office of University Events at 781.891.2400 or