August 17 (7:00pm)
Catawba's campus community will gather for Opening Convocation on Monday, August 17 at 7pm in Shuford Stadium. This formal, annual event serves as the official convening of the 2020-2021 academic year.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & SAFETY
Measures are being implemented to help ensure the safety of our campus community during this important annual ceremony. Seating will be set up to allow for social distancing, which should be observed at all times during this important event. Restrooms, seating, and entry/exit areas will be cleaned and disinfected before the event. Per the Return to Catawba Plan, face coverings should be worn at all times, except when hydrating or enjoying ice cream after the ceremony.
We strongly encourage you to bring a bottle/container of water in order stay hydrated during the event given the common temperatures in August.
The convocation ceremony is a FORMAL event. The appropriate attire is summer business casual. No hats, shorts, mini-skirts, or crop tops, please. Khakis and a golf shirt or oxford shirt are appropriate (ties not required). The faculty and platform party will NOT be robing this year.
Immediately following the Opening Convocation ceremony, a vigil will be held for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor those that have lost their lives as a result of the abuses of institutional power. We ask that the Catawba community come with open hearts and minds in remembrance, reflection, healing and solidarity.
In case of rain the day of the event, an announcement or update will be communicated to the campus community. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to Keppel Auditorium. In this case, ONLY new students, faculty, and the platform party should attend, in addition to personnel required to assist with event.
For those not able to attend Opening Convocation in person, we will be livestreaming the event on Catawba's YouTube channel:
(August 17 @ 7pm, EST)
Campus community members should dine in the dining hall prior to Convocation.
FOOD TRUCKS & ICE CREAM
Food and ice cream will be available beginning at 6pm in the stadium parking lot. We ask that you continue to practice social distancing while enjoying this complimentary refreshment.
MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Save the date and stay tuned as more details are announced.
GET THE APP. FOLLOW ALONG.
As part of our focus on sustainability, we encourage everyone to download the Opening Convocation digital program from the MyCatawba App. It will be available under the Orientation tab. The app is available on the App Store or Google Play Store and includes information and updates on many events.