Day of Convocation
On Friday afternoon August 23, the ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00pm (cdt). We
ask all participants and guests to arrive and be seated in the Hooper Eblen Center
by 2:45pm. First-Year Connections peer mentors will contact freshmen to set up a time
to meet prior to Convocation and attend the ceremony as a class. Student Orientation
Assistants (SOAs) will be in the concourse area to assist with line-up and seating.
As you file into the arena and get to your row, these personnel will be standing by
to ensure that each row is filled and everyone has a seat. A program will be provided
for the event so guests and students may follow along and know when to stand.
The Convocation program will begin with the macebearer leading the processional. The macebearer is followed by the President, Provost, remaining platform party, and the faculty.
The University President, Dr. Philip Oldham, will have an opening statement then give the keynote address. The President will then extend appreciation to the faculty, guests, and others involved with the ceremony.
Dr. Lori Mann Bruce, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, will lead the new students in the Tech Academic Oath of Integrity.
Following Tech Oath of Integrity, the President will induct the students, share the "Tech Promise" with freshmen, and then issue the students a challenge to complete during the semester they are to graduate.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, The Pride of Tennessee Tech Marching Band will march onto the floor of the Hooper Eblen Center to perform some selected pieces that are steeped in Tech tradition. Following these selections, the band will lead everyone in singing the Tennessee Tech Hymn. After the hymn has concluded, the Marching Band will play the Tech Fight Song and then lead the freshmen in receeding the Hooper Eblen Center. Freshman will march to Overall Field at Tucker Stadium to take their class of photo. Guests will exit from the second floor of the Hooper Eblen Center and make their way to Dixie Avenue.