Throughout their long and proud history, universities have retained and cherished strong academic roots. The faculties have gloried in the rich imagery and colorful panoply associated with Convocation, communally celebrating the beginning of the academic year.

Drexel University's Convocation is scheduled for October 22, 2013. Convocation communally celebrates the beginning of the academic year. The day begins with all faculty invited to breakfast together with Provost Mark Greenberg in Behrakis Grand Hall, starting at 8:00 AM.

The Convocation ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 AM in the Main Building Auditorium at 3141 Chestnut Street. Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III Chair of the National Education Commission & President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be the keynote speaker. A reception and academic showcase will immediately follow the ceremony.

All students, faculty, and staff are strongly urged to attend Convocation.

Convocation Information

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Main Auditorium
3141 Chestnut Street


If you are unable to attend Convocation in person, the ceremony will be simultaneously webcast online. Please check back on the day of Convocation to view the webcast.

Please find the live links for the webcast below. These links will be live approximately 15 minutes before the beginning of the program.

Watch Live: HTML5

Convocation Speaker

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, and is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past four years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.


Faculty and administrators are asked to rsvp and order regalia, paid for by the Office of the Provost, online at

All orders for regalia must be placed by Friday, October 4, 2013.

Regalia can be picked up in Behrakis Grand Hall on Tuesday morning, October 22, between 8:30 and 10:00 AM. Regalia must be returned to the same location after the event.