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San Diego State University

New Student and Family Convocation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is New Student and Family Convocation?

Convocation serves as your induction into the university. This annual event is designed specifically for new members of the SDSU community and symbolically represents their embarkation on a new academic journey. It promotes the institutional values of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. At convocation, faculty, students and administrators will officially welcome new students and their families. Last year, nearly 10,000 new students and their families attended New Student and Family Convocation.

Why should I go?

This experience is very important as students begin their college careers, and all new students are expected to attend. The ceremony is an important step as students and their families recognize their entrance into the university community. It also serves to "bookend" each student's collegiate experience, with convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. Students will be presented to the Dean of their college. Parents and other family members are encouraged to attend as well.

Should transfer students attend New Student and Family Convocation?

Absolutely! New Student and Family Convocation is designed for ALL new undergraduate students — including freshmen and transfer students and their families.

Is there a cost to attend the event?

No. This is a free event.

Where do I park?

New Student and Family Convocation participants should park in Parking Structure 3, 4, 7 or 12. You will not be ticketed if you park in student (S) or faculty/staff (F/S) spaces. Do not park in "Special Permit" or red zones. Park in handicapped spaces only if you have the appropriate permit.

  • Parking 3 is east of College Avenue, behind the residence halls.
  • Parking 4 is close to the east side residence halls.
  • Parking 7 is near Viejas Arena.
  • Parking 12 is directly north of Viejas Arena.

Can I take the trolley to campus?

Yes, you can avoid driving and parking if you take the San Diego Trolley to SDSU. (Note: SDSU is on the green line.)

Where do I sit in the arena?

During the ceremony, students and their family members will be seated by college. Students who are undeclared will be seated in "Undergraduate Studies."

What should I bring to Convocation?

Viejas Arena does not allow you to bring anything larger than a purse inside the arena. Viejas Arena follows standard security procedures. You may bring cameras and video equipment to record this special occasion. Visit www.viejasarena.com for arena specifics on what is not allowed.

Will food be available?

Concession stands at Viejas Arena will be open and will be selling light breakfast foods (coffee, muffins, etc.).

How long will the ceremony last?

Guests will be leaving the arena at approximately 11:15 am. Students and guests will be recessed in an orderly fashion. Marshals will be available to help direct guests back to the parking structures, residence halls, and other locations on campus.

Do I need tickets?

No, your invitation to the event serves as your ticket. Please RSVP, indicating the total number attending (including the student), so that we can prepare appropriately.

What assistance is available for making travel arrangements?

We offer special discounts on airport shuttle and hotel accommodations.

What should I wear?

Dress is casual. Attendees are encouraged to wear red and black. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Can I pick up my EZ Books at the SDSU Bookstore after New Student and Family Convocation?

Yes, you are encouraged to pick up your EZ Books at the Bookstore, which will be open until 6:00 pm on that day.

Who should I contact to request accommodations related to a disability?

If you have needs related to a disability, please call Tracy Tanga at (619)594-0402 or e-mail fox123@mail.sdsu.edu.

Can I bring my pet to New Student and Family Convocation?

No, pets will not be permitted to enter Viejas Arena. The only exceptions is a service animal.

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