Skip to Main Content

New Student Convocation

Convocation is the formal welcome for all students entering the UMass Lowell academic community. Current students, faculty, staff, family and friends are invited to watch Convocation beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.

For faculty, staff, upperclassmen and parents:
Facebook Live Link

For Class of 2024 and Engagement Fair Participants:Register to Attend Convocation and Engagement Fair

Convocation 2020 will be held on hop-in at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2020

Adeja Crearer - Young Woman Headshot Laughing

2020 Keynote Speaker: Adeja Crearer

Adeja Crearer is a multimedia journalist and a TV producer at CNN headquarters in Atlanta. Adeja graduated from UMass Lowell Magna Cum Laude in 2017 with a Bachelor's in English Journalism and again with her Master's in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2018.

During her time at UMass Lowell, Adeja was very involved with the Digital Media and Political Science programs. With the time she spent there she was able to land one of her first internships in Washington, D.C., through The Washington Center program. This led to several other opportunities for her, like reporting on the 2016 national conventions and the 2017 presidential inauguration. Before attending the presidential inauguration, she was asked to document her experience through social media as a way to motivate other students at the university. Her coverage saw a record level of engagement and helped to grow the university's following. She was then asked to help launch the university's social media platforms and became the university's first social media assistant through University Relations. There she helped grow UMass Lowell's platform by nearly 50%. Among other achievements at UML, Adeja was then chosen to be the student speaker for her 2017 Commencement ceremony, which she still considers to be one of her proudest moments.

Adeja focuses on politics and foreign affairs and prides herself on being a relatable and transparent figure in journalism. Adeja says that this is only the beginning for her and that she is working on her dreams everyday. She credits most of her success thus far to the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the many mentors she has there and says she is humbled by the support they have always given her.

Convocation Program

Rowdy the River Hawk waves a UMass Lowell flag
  • National Anthem and Presentation of Colors
  • Joseph Hartman, Provost
  • Hannah Casey, SGA President
  • Jacqueline Moloney, Chancellor
  • Introduction of Deans
  • Induction of New Students
  • Adeja Crearer, Keynote Speaker
  • Conclusion by Brenda Evans, Dean of Students
  • River Hawk Pride