University convocation

Fall 2016 Convocation

Alma Mater

Ah! Well I remember, Friends of “Purple and Gold.”

Friends met in September, Pledging their Faith to hold.

Gone, Friends of September, Gone dear friends of old.

Time never shall sever, Friends of “Purple and Gold.”

Time never shall sever, Friends of “Purple and Gold.”

-J. De Forest Cline


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Convocation, a Taste of UNC and Bear Fest are all part of Bear Welcome 2016.

Current and former University of Northern Colorado students, faculty and staff will be joined by friends, family and community members on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, from 4:30-5:30 in Cranford Park for Fall Convocation. This annual ceremony marks the beginning of each new academic year.

Convocation recognizes the beginning of our students’ academic careers, much like commencement recognizes the completion. The ceremony allows students to learn early on more about UNC and some of the academic traditions of the university.

UNC's President Kay Norton, Provost Robbyn Wacker and Greeley Mayor Tom Norton will welcome new students, faculty and staff.

Upon the conclusion of convocation, students, staff and faculty are invited for a little food and fun at Turner Green (located on west campus) for a Taste of UNC and Bear Fest, both events will run through 7 p.m.

Taste of UNC

Taste of UNC was intentionally organized to minimize the environmental impact by offering delicious, hand-held foods with minimum use of items that would otherwise go straight into the landfills. Please help our efforts by recycling your cups and cans. Students can use their meal plan, faculty and staff can use their payroll deduction plan, and guests can purchase their tickets for the special price of $6 at the event. Tables and chairs will be available, as well as plenty of grassy area to mingle and meet new people.

Bear Fest

Bear Fest is free and open to all, will include live music, inflatable games, performances by UNC cheerleaders, speakers and much more!

Inclement Weather Plans

Convocation inclement weather scenarios are as follows:

  1. If it is light to moderate rain we will go forward with the procession and ceremony. 
  2. If we experience heavy rain or lightning prior to line-up and the start of the ceremony a decision to cancel will be made by 3:00 p.m. and campus will be notified via UNC Today, Around Campus and our home page.
  3. If we experience heavy rain or lightning during the ceremony we will make an announcement and cancel the remainder  of the ceremony so that attendees can seek shelter until the storm lifts.

The Taste of UNC may be moved into Holmes Dining Hall.

Processional Line-up Details

Click this link to view the processional line-up times and locations.