MERCYHURST NORTH EAST CONVOCATION

Schedule

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Saints in Service
Various locations around North East

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
BBQ Lunch
Grotto

2 to 3 p.m.
Convocation Ceremony
Ridge Great Room

3 to 4 p.m.
Program Meetings
Miller Classrooms

A Letter from the Associate Provost

Dear Mercyhurst North East Incoming Freshmen,

On behalf of the faculty and administration, I extend a warm and cordial welcome as you begin your first year at Mercyhurst North East.

To ensure that you are off to a good beginning and to commemorate this “new chapter” of your life, freshmen are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the Freshman Convocation on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.

We will begin the day with Saints in Service. The mission of Saints in Service is to serve the community. You will have the opportunity to serve and meet needs found in the North East community. Following Saints in Service is lunch and the Convocation ceremony. The Freshman Convocation is an academic assemblage of the entire freshman class, faculty and administrators. This auspicious ceremony is a time-honored tradition celebrating Mercyhurst North East’s commitment to members of the freshman class and to emphasize the high level of academic excellence and professionalism we expect of our students and of ourselves. The purpose of the Program Meeting is to provide an opportunity for you to meet with your Program Director, instructors, and advisor, as well as the other freshmen enrolled in your major. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to finalize your course registration and meet with Student Financial Services if needed. Your presence during the day is expected.

Please plan to join us as you begin your endeavor toward academic excellence.

Thank you,

Clinton D. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Associate Degree and Certificate Programs

Convocation FAQs

Am I required to attend Convocation?

Your presence during the day is expected. 

What happens at Convocation?

Convocation Day consists of a few key elements. The first event of the day is Saints in Service. Students will meet in the Student Union before heading out to each site. Saints in Service is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the Mercy Mission and core values and to serve the community. You will spend time serving and meeting needs in the North East community. Depending on the site, you may be cleaning, painting, helping with yard work, etc. In some cases, you will be outside, so dress accordingly. You’ll have plenty of time to change your clothes and freshen up if needed after you finish volunteering.

Following Saints in Service is an outdoor BBQ in the Grotto on campus. Join us for a picnic lunch!

Once lunch is completed, the Convocation ceremony will begin in the Ridge Great Room. The entire freshman class, faculty, and administrators will join together to celebrate the incoming class and emphasize the high level of excellence and professionalism we expect of our students and of ourselves. After the ceremony we will dismiss to Program Meetings. The purpose of the Program Meeting is to provide an opportunity for you to meet with your Program Director, instructors, and advisor, as well as the other freshmen enrolled in your major.

Do I need to RSVP for Convocation?

No RSVP is required.

Do I need to stay for the entire Convocation?

It is in your best interest to attend the entire day’s events. Please arrange your work, childcare, transportation, or other personal schedules to accommodate the full Convocation day.

Are children or guests allowed to attend orientation?

This event is designed specifically for the incoming freshmen class. There is no planned programming for guests.

What is the attire for Convocation?

You’ll want to dress comfortably for Saints in Service. Tennis shoes are suggested as you will be walking from campus to the site. You may consider bringing a change of clothes so that you feel fresh for the afternoon’s activities. The Convocation ceremony, though traditionally prestigious, will not require you to dress professionally; we suggest business casual. Don’t forget a sweater or sweatshirt and umbrella, just in case!

Who can I call with questions?

For questions pertaining to Saints in Service, you can contact the Assistant Director of Student Life, Rachel Pacholke, at 814-725-7061 or rpacholke@mercyhurst.edu

For questions pertaining to the Convocation ceremony or Program Meetings, you can contact the Coordinator of Academic Operations, Courtney Phelps, at 814-725-6274 or cphelps@mercyhurst.edu