Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a short list of common questions regarding University Convocation.
If you don't find the answer here, then let us know by using the contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs.
When is Convocation?
The 2020 University Convocation ceremony has been cancelled. Information on how we
will celebrate the start of the Class of 2024 will be communicated at a later date.
Who is required to participate?
All new first-year freshman students are encouraged to participate in this unique
ceremony. Regular reminders will be sent to new students and families the week prior
to the ceremony.
What is the proper attire?
We ask that new first year freshman students wear the purple "Week of Welcome" shirt
provided to them at SOAR. All other guests can attend in casual attire.
What is proper etiquette while in attendance?
We sincerely request your attention and respect for the ceremony. All of the students have worked very hard to reach this point in their academic career, and we ask that you follow the precepts described during the ceremony.
*A note about celebrating --- please do not bring "silly string" products to the ceremony.
Chemicals in these products can damage the flooring in the Hooper Eblen Center and
are costly to replace.
What about parking?
General parking will be available in the large commuter lots to the east of the Hooper
Eblen Center. However, tickets will be given if you are not in a legal parking space
(ie grass, street, fire lanes, etc.). Click here for a printable version of the campus map.
Are there accommodations for persons with disabilities?
Parking: Parking for those with disabilities will be available in three areas: 1. On McGee Blvd (east side), 2. In a special parking lot on the west side of the arena (just off Willow Avenue), and 3. In the lot south of the Hooper Eblen Center. Officers will be stationed along the semi-circle parking area at the east side and west side entrances of the arena to assist with passenger drop-off. Click here for a printable version of the campus map.
Seating: Persons in need of seating assistance may sit in the designated areas inside the Hooper Eblen Center. Signs designating accessible routes will be posted and ushers will be available to assist you.
Restrooms: Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located inside the Hooper Eblen Center around the concourse.
Hearing Impaired: Certified interpreters will be available for this event.
Is there a visitor's guide for the Cookeville area?
A visitors guide where places to see, dine, and sleep is available at VisitCookevilleTN.com.