The University will mark the start of the 2017 academic year by welcoming new first-year, transfer and graduate students to the Fresno State family at the New Student Convocation scheduled for Monday, August 21 in the Save Mart Center.

What is New Student Convocation?

Convocation is a time to celebrate the excitement of a new academic year as we welcome you! New Student Convocation is our official ceremony welcoming you to the Fresno State family! All new students (first-year, transfer and graduate students) are expected to attend.

Join us for the fun! Make new friends, find out what it means to be part of Fresno State, get your free Fresno State t-shirt and SWAG, and enter to win great prizes! Don’t forget to bring your ID card.

Who attends?

You – plus 5,700 new Fresno State students - are expected to attend this ceremonial induction into the University.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to join our new students during the convocation ceremony as well as greeting our new students as they enter the Save Mart Center by participating in the welcoming reception line. A reception for faculty and staff will follow the convocation ceremony.

New Student Convocation Schedule

2:15 p.m. Doors Open (Save Mart Center)

3:00 p.m. New Student Convocation (Save Mart Center)

4:00 p.m. Bulldog Bash After-Party (Student Recreation Center)

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Faculty/Staff Reception (Location TBD)

Parking and Transportation

Bulldog Express will be operating


Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call Student Involvement at 559.278.2741

For more details or questions, please contact Amanda Stewart at 559.278.6560 or