Opening Week

New Student Convocation

The 2014 Convocation ceremony will be held:

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 10 a.m.   
Tsongas Center

Directly following Convocation, all students are invited to the annual Club Fair outside the Tsongas Center. More than 200 student organizations will be represented, a free BBQ will be provided by University Dining Services, with music by JAM'N 94.5.

Convocation Shuttle Service

South Campus: Shuttles will leave from Sheehy Hall at 9:15 a.m.
Inn & Conference Center: Shuttles will leave at 9:15 a.m.
Shuttles will be available after convocation to bring students back to South and Inn & Conference Center

About Convocation

This event is the formal welcome for all students entering into the UMass Lowell academic community. It serves as the ceremonial start for our new students, just as Commencement serves as the ceremonial finish for our seniors. This required freshmen event is the highlight of Opening Week and the official launch of the academic year. 

Convocation is an opportunity to meet fellow students and faculty as well as hear from Chancellor Marty Meehan, the College Deans and a special guest speaker.

2014 Keynote Speaker: Deanne Bell

Deanne BellPower-tool-wielding, globe-trotting adventurer Deanne Bell defies all stereotypes of your typical engineer. And she’s had quite a journey since graduating in 2002 from Washington State, St. Louis with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Her first television appearance in 2006 as co-host for the Peabody Award winning children’s series, Design Squad, lit a spark of determination: to inspire a new generation of innovators and engineers.

She swapped her cubicle, where she’d formerly designed opto-mechanics for military aircraft sensors in Los Angeles and worked as a senior application engineer for a software startup in Boston, for the TV screen, bringing her passion for science to primetime.

Her television hosting credits include ESPN’s “Rise Up,” National Geographic’s “The Egyptian Job,” DIY Network’s “Money Hunters,” and perhaps the most adrenaline-packed of them all, Discovery Channel’s “Smash Lab” – a program that put everyday technology to the test in “extraordinary ways.”

When she’s not on the screen discussing history, home improvement, sports, or conducting experiments that bring science to everyday life, Bell can be found exploring the globe. She has hiked to the base of Mt. Everest, cycled from Seattle to Los Angeles and backpacked solo throughout Asia.