To: Faculty and Staff

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

14 September 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to invite you to attend the 2021 New Student Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Reser Stadium.

This year’s Convocation will include 2021 as well as 2020 first year students. Students who started their first year at OSU in 2020 did not enjoy a convocation experience due to the pandemic.

Convocation serves as the official induction of all new students into the OSU academic and social community and is designed to mirror many aspects of Commencement. At its heart, Convocation is about formally introducing new students to the faculty and staff of Oregon State University and inspiring them to aim high in pursuing their academic goals. Your attendance emphasizes to students that they are being welcomed into a larger community working together in research, education, Extension and public engagement.

This year’s event will include a welcome by Interim President Becky Johnson; remarks by senior leaders and ASOSU President Dhru Patel; and a keynote address by Dr. Regan Gurung, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

We encourage you to remind students to participate. Students will assemble with their respective colleges in the Memorial Union Quad at 4 p.m., and then process to Reser Stadium.

Please participate in the procession, walking with new students, or join returning students lined up outside of Reser to cheer on new students as they enter the stadium. Once you are inside Reser, your help guiding students to be seated would be greatly appreciated.

You do not need to RSVP to attend Convocation. The platform party will be wearing regalia and, although not required, we invite faculty to do so as well. Face coverings will be required.

If you have any questions regarding this event related to disability accommodations, please email events@oregonstate.edu or call 541.737.4717.

I look forward to seeing you at Convocation.

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President